BC-AP Olympic Digest,ADVISORY
Feb. 13, 2014
The AP Olympic digest at 10 p.m. EST (0300 GMT). The supervisor of the Olympic desk in Sochi is Fred Lief. NOTE: All members should get all Olympic copy. Please call the Service Desk (800 838-4616) if any problems or for reruns.
SOCHI, Russia — Shani Davis flipped back his hood, put his hands on his knees, and coasted around the practice lane at Adler Arena, staring straight down at the ice. There would be no third gold medal in the 1,000 meters. No medal of any color. His shot at Olympic history ended Wednesday when Stefan Groothuis won gold for the Netherlands in the 1,000, dashing the American's hopes of becoming the first male speedskater to capture the same event at three consecutive Olympics. By Paul Newberry. SENT: 902 words, photos.
SOCHI, Russia —Maxim Trankov hopes young figure skaters all over Russia will take inspiration from what he and Tatiana Volosozhar accomplished at the Sochi Olympics. The two restored the country to the pinnacle of pairs Wednesday, and their teammates made it almost total domination — Volosozhar and Trankov won gold, while Ksenia Stolbova and Fedor Klimov took silver. By Rachel Cohen. SENT: 727 words, photos.
KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia — Slovenia's Tina Maze and Switzerland's Dominique Gisin took different paths on a women's downhill filled with flats and turns, jumps and bumps. By the finish, they both won the gold medal, the first time an Olympic Alpine race ends in a tie. By Howard Fendrich. SENT: 800 words, photos.
SOCHI, Russia — An activist who shed light on the environmental impact of Olympic construction in Sochi is ordered to serve three years in prison for spray-painting a fence. By Nataliya Vasilyeva. SENT: 350 words, photos.
OLY--US OLYMPIC BID
SOCHI, Russia — U.S. Olympic leaders are sounding out international officials in Sochi about a potential American bid for the games — and the feedback is positive. By Stephen Wilson. SENT: 639 words.
SOCHI, Russia — One after another, some of the biggest American stars have wiped out in sunny Sochi. From Bode Miller and Julia Mancuso to Shaun White and Sarah Hendrickson, this is hardly shaping up as an Olympics to remember for the U.S. team. Shani Davis was just the latest to falter, finishing eighth Wednesday in the 1,000 meters, a race he won at the last two Winter Games. By Paul Newberry. SENT: 874 words.
— TBILISI, Georgia — OLY-Georgia-Breakaway-Regions. By Misha Dzhindzhikhashvili. SENT: 300 words.
— KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia — OLY--LUG-Kumaritashvili. By Tim Reynolds. SENT: 300 words, photos.
OLY--BEING JOHNNY WEIR
SOCHI, Russia — He promised himself something the first time he ever laced up a pair of skates. It's the same thing Johnny Weir returns to in those quiet moments most evenings, just before the TV camera's "on-air" light flashes red. By Jim Litke. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.
SOCHI, Russia — The gold market enjoyed big gains at the Sochi Olympics on Wednesday, getting an unexpected boost from the women's downhill.
Tina Maze of Slovenia and Dominique Gisin of Switzerland were declared co-gold medalists, the first time in Olympic Alpine history a race was won in a tie. In all, gold medals are awarded in six sports. By Fred Lief. SENT: 772 words, photos.
— OLY--Sochi Scene — Multiple shareable text-and-photo nuggets about the Olympics, inside the arenas and out. About 50-300 words each, between 12 and 20 items daily. With photos.
— SOCHI, Russia — OLY--Olympics-5 Things. Five things to know about the Sochi Olympics. SENT: 350 words, photos.
— SOCHI, Russia — OLY--Sochi Olympic Glance. Highlights of Day 6. SENT: 575 words.
— SOCHI, Russia — OLY--Sochi-Photo Gallery. 20 notable Olympic photos on Day 6. SENT.
Gold medals were awarded Wednesday in Alpine skiing, figure skating, luge, Nordic combined, snowboarding, speedskating.
SOCHI, Russia — Shani Davis went from sure thing to nothing in 2½ laps. The two-time defending Olympic champion in the 1,000 meters got shut out of a medal on Wednesday, finishing eighth in a race he has dominated in recent years. Now, the 31-year-old from Chicago has three days to clear his mind. By Beth Harris. SENT: 412 words, photos.
KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia — American Kaitlyn Farrington won gold in the women's Olympic snowboarding halfpipe final on Wednesday, edging defending champion Torah Bright of Australia and American teammate Kelly Clark. By Eddie Pells. SENT. 874 words, photos.
KRASNAYA POLYANA — On Russian ice, Germany is making itself at home. The world's sliding superpower won its third straight gold medal in luge at the Sochi Games on Wednesday night as Tobias Wendl and Tobias Arlt captured the doubles competition. By Tom Withers. SENT: 723 words, photos.
OLY--NOR-INDIVIDUAL NORMAL HILL
KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia — Eric Frenzel of Germany wins the Nordic combined individual normal hill. He led after ski jumping and powered home on the cross-country course. Frenzel, the runaway World Cup leader, is followed by Akito Watabe of Japan and Magnus Krog of Norway. By Dennis Passa. SENT: 700 words, photos.
KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia — Gold medalist Kamil Stoch of Poland and Russian ski jumper Mikhail Maksimochkin were injured after crashing during landings Wednesday night while training for the individual large hill event at the Sochi Olympics. By Dennis Passa. SENT: 356 words, photos.
SOCHI, Russia — Canada defeats the U.S. 3-2 in a preliminary round game between the two best teams in women's hockey. This is a likely preview of the gold medal match. By Jimmy Golen. SENT: 845 words, photos.
— OLY--HKO-Czech Republic-Sweden. By Greg Beacham. SENT: 442 words, photos.
— OLY--HKO-Latvia-Switzerland. By Hockey Writer Larry Lage. SENT: 525 words, photos.
— OLY--SKI-Men's Super-Combined Training. SENT: 130 words.
— OLY--CUR-Men's Roundup. By Steve Douglas. SENT: 600 words, photos.
— OLY--CUR-Women's Roundup. By Steve Douglas. SENT: 400 words, photos.
— OLY--SKE-Women's Skeleton Lookahead. By Tim Reynolds. SENT: 518 words, photos.
— Gold medals will be awarded Thursday in biathlon, cross-country, freestyle skiing, luge, speedskating and short track.
KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia — Someone wanted to know which skiers Ted Ligety thinks will be fastest in Friday's Olympic super-combined race, so he began listing names. Defending champion Bode Miller. Alexis Pinturault of France. Aksel Lund Svindal of Norway. Ivica Kostelic of Croatia, "if he's feeling healthy on the day." After a pause, Ligety, the reigning world champion, added, "and hopefully myself." UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 8 a.m. EST. By Howard Fendrich.
— OLY--SKI-Men's Super-Combined Training. UPCOMING: 130 words, photos. Starts at 12:30 a.m. ET.
— OLY--SKI-Kostelic and Dad. By Graham Dunbar. UPCOMING: 400 words, photos.
— OLY--SKI-Alpine-Lookahead. By Andrew Dampf. SENT: 613 words, photos.
SOCHI, Russia — U.S. speedskaters Heather Richardson and Brittany Bowe are close friends and they want to be just as close on the Sochi Olympics medal stand, preferably in gold and silver medal positions after the 1,000 meters on Thursday. Bowe set a world record over the distance in November and Richardson has won three of the four World Cup races this season. But with Ireen Wust among the Dutch skaters who've already won at Sochi, competition for medals is intense. By Paul Newberry. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Session begins at 9 a.m. EST, 1400 GMT.
OLY--SPD-Women's 1000 Lookahead. By Raf Casert. SENT: 471 words, photos.
KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia — The luge team relay makes its Olympic debut on Thursday night, where Germany will be the overwhelming favorite for top honors. Felix Loch won the men's gold, Natalie Geisenberger the women's gold, and Tobias Wendl and Tobias Arlt combined to take the doubles title on Wednesday night. UPCOMING 600 words, photos. By Tim Reynolds. Final begins at 11:15 am EST, 1615 GMT.
— OLY--LUG-Team Relay Lookahead. By Tim Reynolds. SENT: 513 words, photos.
KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia — Slopestyle skier Nick Goepper is among the top contenders to win the first Olympic gold medal in his sport. To get there, he'll likely have to overcome fellow Americans Bobby Brown and Gus Kenworthy, Alex Beauliue-Marchand of Canada, Jesper Tjader of Sweden, Andreas Haatveit of Norway in Thurdsay's final. By Eddie Pells. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos. Final begins at 4:30 a.m. EST, 0930 GMT.
— OLY--FRE-Men's Slopestyle-Lookahead. By Eddie Pells. SENT: 723 words, photos.
SOCHI, Russia — Marianne St-Gelais of Canada watched her boyfriend Charles Hamelin win the 1,500 meters in the short track speedskating. The pair shared a celebratory kiss rinkside. Now she has a chance to get on the podium in the women's 500 on Thursday. By Beth Harris. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos. Final begins at 7:09 am EST, 12:09 GST.
— OLY--SHO-Short Track-Lookahead. By Beth Harris. SENT: 470 words, photos.
KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia — Marit Bjoergen is the favorite to win her fifth Olympic gold in the women's 10-kilometer classical-style race at the Sochi Olympics on Thursday. Justyna Kowalczyk of Poland, who came into the games expected to be a leading medal contender, is skiing with a fractured left foot that is likely to hamper her winning chances. UPCOMING: 550 words, photos. Race begins at 5 a.m. EST, 1000 GMT. By Mattias Karen.
— OLY--XXC-Cross-Country-Lookahead. By Mattias Karen. SENT: 450 words, photos.
KRASNAYA, POLYANA — While Ole Einar Bjoerndalen has been stealing the headlines in biathlon so far, his Norwegian teammates Emil Hegle Svendsen and Tarjei Boe are looking for a share of the attention when competition resumes at the Sochi Olympics on Thursday with the 20K individual event. By Eric Willemsen. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos. Beings at 9 a.m. EST, 1400 GMT.
—OLY--BIA--Biathlon Lookahead. By Eric Willemsen. SENT. 426 words, photos.
SOCHI, Russia — For Patrick Chan, the main meal is at hand. For Evgeni Plushenko, it's all gravy now.
Three-time world champion Chan came into the Sochi Olympics as the favorite for the gold medal, which would be Canada's first in men's competition. But he's looked fragile both in training sessions and during the team event, opening the door wide for several other skaters. By Barry Wilner. SENT: 525 words, photos.
SOCHI, Russia — Teemu Selanne begins his record-tying sixth Olympic games as Finland's captain for its preliminary-round opener against Austria. By Greg Beacham. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts 3 a.m. EST, 0800 GMT.
SOCHI, Russia — Goalie Jonathan Quick starts when the U.S. men's hockey team opens preliminary-round play against veteran Slovakia, which fell one game short of its first Olympic medals four years ago. By Greg Beacham. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts 7:30 a.m. EST, 1230 GMT.
SOCHI, Russia — Russia's highly anticipated Sochi Games debut in hockey is here and the Alex Ovechkin-led team gets to tune up with Slovenia. By Hockey Writer Larry Lage. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts 7:30 a.m. EST, 1230 GMT.
— OLY--HKO-Canada-Norway. By Hockey Writer Larry Lage. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts noon EST, 1700 GMT
BC-OLY--CUR-MEN'S CURLING ROUNDUP
SOCHI, Russia — Nordic rivals Norway and Sweden meet in the standout game in men's Olympic curling, while defending champion Canada plays Denmark in round-robin play. UPCOMING with photos. 500 words. By Steve Douglas. Expected by 1400 GMT.
Also: BC-OLY--CUR-Women's Curling Roundup. UPCOMING: 500 words. By Steve Douglas. First copy expected by 0800 GMT.
KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia — This time, the retirement is real. All Noelle Pikus-Pace has left in her skeleton career is four runs, at the Olympics. That starts Thursday when she looks to cap her time on a sled with gold. Standing in her way: Britain's Lizzy Yarnold, her only real rival this season. By Tim Reynolds. SENT: 702 words, photos.