BC-AP Olympic Digest
Feb. 19, 2014
The AP Olympic Digest at 10 a.m. EST (1500 GMT). The supervisor of the Olympic desk in Sochi is Chris Lehourites. NOTE: Members should get all Olympic copy. Please call the service desk (800 838-4616) for any problems or reruns.
SOCHI, Russia — Cossack militia attack Pussy Riot with whips and remove their trademark ski masks in downtown Sochi. The punk group tried to start performing but a Cossack smashed a guitar. One Pussy Riot member, a man, is left with a bloodied face. Police use Cossacks to patrol the streets. By Nataliya Vasilyeva. SENT: 450 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos, video by noon EST, 1700 GMT.
— OLY--Pussy Riot-Profile. By Nataliya Vasilyeva. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.
SOCHI, Russia — In a jolt to the host country, Alex Ovechkin and Russia's hockey team is eliminated with a 3-1 loss to Finland in the quarterfinals. Russia entered this tournament with enormous expectations and now makes an embarrassing exit in its home Olympics. Russia has not won the hockey gold medal in 22 years. By Greg Beacham. SENT: 130 words, photos. UPCOMING: 900 words, photos by 1 p.m. EST, 1800 GMT.
OLY--FIG--WOMEN'S SHORT PROGRAM
SOCHI, Russia — Women's figure skating, the glamour event of any Winter Olympics, begins with defending champion Yuna Kim of South Korea taking on 15-year-old Russian star Julia Lipnitskaia in a strong field for the short program. The free skate is Thursday. By Barry Wilner. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos. Program starts 10 a.m. EST, 1500 GMT.
OLY--SKI-MEN'S GIANT SLALOM
KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia — This was the race Ted Ligety knew he should win. So did everybody else. And that, Ligety would explain after becoming the first American man in Olympic history with two gold medals in Alpine skiing, was precisely what made the feat so tough. By Howard Fendrich. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by noon EST, 1700 GMT.
— OLY--SKI-French Medals. By Graham Dunbar. UPCOMING: 400 words, photos by noon EST, 1700 GMT.
— OLY--SKI-Unhappy Hirscher. By Graham Dunbar. UPCOMING: 400 words, photos by noon EST, 1700 GMT.
— OLY--SKI-Luger Remembered. By Pat Graham. UPCOMING: 400 words, photos by noon EST, 1700 GMT.
— OLY--SKI-Venezuelan Skier. By Howard Fendrich. SENT: 350 words, photos.
— OLY--SKI-Miller. SENT: 130 words, photos.
SOCHI, Russia — Dmytro Mytsak knew what had happened before he took to the slopes. On a beautiful day in the snowy Caucasus Mountains, he had more to think about than his first Olympic ski race. Back home in Ukraine, his countrymen were dying in fiery clashes between police and protesters. By Tim Dahlberg and Angela Charlton. SENT: 800 words, photos.
SOCHI, Russia — Pole vault great and Ukrainian Olympic chief Sergei Bubka is urging both sides in Ukraine's political crisis to lay down their weapons and end the violence that is bringing the country to "the brink of catastrophe." By Stephen Wilson. SENT: 400 words, photos. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by noon EST, 1700 GMT.
OLY--THE ACCESSIBILITY FACTOR
SOCHI, Russia — Organizers repeatedly touted accessibility for the disabled as one of the lasting benefits of the Sochi Games. But with less than three weeks until the Paralympics, infrastructure around Olympic Park and its venues are not entirely barrier free. By Oskar Garcia. SENT: 1,400 words, photos.
KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia — A bobsledder who failed to make the U.S. team calls his country's selection process for the Sochi Games "corrupt." He says men and women who deserved spots were passed over. By Tim Reynolds. SENT: 650 words, photos.
UNDER ARMOUR-BAD PR
NEW YORK — The Sochi Olympics were expected to be a triumphant moment for the U.S. speedskating team — and the squad's sponsor, Under Armour. It's been anything but that. By Business Writer Mae Anderson. SENT: 700 words, photos.
SOCHI, Russia — The Cossack attack on Pussy Riot and violence in Ukraine tempers an Olympic day marked by Russia's startling elimination from the hockey tournament, Ted Ligety's victory in the giant slalom and the short program of women's figure skating. By David Pace. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 2 p.m. EST, 1900 GMT.
— 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 13. UPCOMING: 300 words, photos by 2 p.m. EST, 1900 GMT.
— SOCHI, Russia — OLY--Sochi-Photo Gallery. 20 notable Olympic photos on Day 13. UPCOMING: about noon EST, 1700 GMT.
Eight gold medals: Alpine skiing, biathlon, cross-country skiing (two), bobsled, snowboard (two), speedskating.
SOCHI, Russia — Martina Sablikova of the Czech Republic quiets the Dutch speedskating party by winning the 5,000 meters. The Netherlands, however, wins silver and bronze behind Ireen Wust and Carien Kleibeuker. Claudia Pechstein, 41, is denied in her bid for a 10th career medal. By National Writer Paul Newberry. SENT: 130 words, photos. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 11 a.m. 1600 GMT.
KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia — Elana Meyers and Lauryn Williams of the U.S. are two runs from women's bobsled gold. Williams could become the second Olympian to win gold in two different sports at the Summer and Winter Games. By Tim Reynolds. UPCOMING: Races start 11:15 a.m., 1615 GMT.
KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia — Husband and wife Vic Wild and Alena Zavarzina have new jewelry to go with wedding rings — Olympic medals. Wild wins the men's snowboarding parallel giant slalom for his adopted country of Russia. Zavarzina takes the bronze in a women's race won by Switzerland's Patrizia Kummer. By National Writer Eddie Pells. SENT: 700 words, photos.
OLY--XXC-WOMEN'S TEAM SPRINT
KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia — Marit Bjoergen gives Norway a dominant victory in the women's cross-country team sprint for her fifth career Olympic gold medal. Finland wins the silver, with the bronze to Sweden. By Mattias Karen. SENT: 600 words, photos.
OLY--XXC-MEN'S TEAM SPRINT
KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia — Finland is the surprise winner of the men's cross-country team sprint, capitalizing on a fall that slowed its two closest rivals in the final. Russia takes the silver and Sweden the bronze. By Mattias Karen. SENT: 600 words, photos.
KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia — Men and women compete together in an Olympic biathlon for the first time. The mixed relay features three-time world champion Norway, France and Czech Republic as the favorites. By Eric Willemsen. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Race started 9:30 a.m. EST, 1430 GMT.
SOCHI, Russia — The United States faces the Czech Republic, needing to stay undefeated in the Olympic hockey tournament to advance to the semifinals. By Hockey Writer Larry Lage. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts noon EST, 1700 GMT.
SOCHI, Russia — Sidney Crosby and the defending champion Canadians can advance to the semifinals with a victory over surprising Latvia, which knocked off Switzerland to earn its first trip to the quarterfinals for coach Ted Nolan. By Greg Beacham. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts noon EST, 1700 GMT.
SOCHI, Russia — Sweden routs upstart Slovenia 5-0 to advance to the hockey semifinals. Henrik Lundqvist makes 19 saves for his second shutout in Sochi and Carl Hagelin scores twice. Sweden won the Olympic title in 2006. By Hockey Writer Larry Lage. SENT: 700 words, photos.
OLY--CUR-WOMEN'S CURLING ROUNDUP
SOCHI, Russia — Canada and Sweden will play for the gold medal in women's Olympic curling after winning semifinal games that went to the final shot. The Canadians defeat world champion Britain 6-4. Sweden, the two-time defending champion, beats Switzerland 7-5. By Steve Douglas. SENT: 500 words, photos.
OLY--CUR-MEN'S CURLING ROUNDUP
SOCHI, Russia — Semifinals of men's curling tournament: Sweden vs. Britain and Canada vs. China. The Canadians are two-time defending champions. By Steve Douglas. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 1 p.m. EST, 1800 GMT.
SOCHI, Russia — The United States and Canada play for the gold medal in women's hockey Thursday, the fourth time in five Olympics they have met for the title. The U.S. last took home the gold in Nagano in 1998. By Jimmy Golen. SENT: 130 words, photos. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 11 a.m. EST, 1600 GMT.
— OLY--HKW-Women Coaching Women. By Jimmy Golen. SENT: 700 words, photos.
KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia — Lolo Jones prayed all the way down. Aja Evans called her mom and begged to come home. Riding a bobsled for the first time can be a horrifying experience, and for those who decide to take up the sport full time, the bumps, bruises and violent crashes on ice never stop. By Tom Withers. SENT: 800 words, photos.
OLY--NOR-METHOD BY GUNDERSEN
KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia — So who is this Gunder Gundersen guy, and why is his method so popular in Nordic combined? Call him one of the sport's saviors. The former star skier from Norway standardized the scoring system and made it more understandable to viewers. By Dennis Passa. SENT: 500 words, photos.