BC-AP Olympic Digest,ADVISORY
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OLY--FIG-MEN’S FREE SKATE
SOCHI, Russia — Sometimes an Olympic gold medalist is more survivor than anything else. Yuzuru Hanyu knows the feeling. Thanks to the mistakes of Patrick Chan and others, Hanyu became Japan’s first gold medalist in Olympic men’s figure skating. By Barry Wilner. SENT. 760 words, photos.
— OLY--FIG-MEN’S FREE SKATE-US. By Rachel Cohen. SENT. 656 words, photos.
OLY--PUTIN ON TOUR
SOCHI, Russia — In a powerful symbol of international sports detente, Russian President Vladimir Putin drops in on U.S. Olympic headquarters to chat about the Winter Games and the upcoming Russia-U.S. hockey showdown. By Stephen Wilson and Angela Charlton. SENT. 774 words, photos.
SOCHI, Russia — A classic Olympic hockey rivalry is rekindled when Russia faces the United States in the marquee game of the preliminary round. President Vladimir Putin might be in the crowd to root on Alex Ovechkin’s Russians against an American team that looked spectacular in its opener. By Greg Beacham. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts 7:30 a.m. EST, 1230 GMT.
SOCHI, Russia — They were touted as the fastest speedskating suits in the world. Now the U.S. is dumping the high-tech attire after a dismal start to the Sochi Olympics. By National Writer Paul Newberry. SENT: 1,028 words, photos.
RUSSIAN FIGURE SKATING:
SOCHI, Russia — Evgeni Plushenko’s career ended in pain. He limped out of the Iceberg arena after withdrawing from the Sochi Olympics, a sad finish to a wonderful and a remarkably long stint at the top of his sport. By Barry Wilner. SENT: 750 words, photos.
SOCHI, Russia — Four days after being praised as a hero for helping Russia win its first gold at the Sochi Olympics, Evgeni Plushenko on Friday was taking criticism for dropping out of the men’s figure skating. By Jim Heintz. SENT. 464 words.
OLY--RUSSIA’S TEEN WONDER
MOSCOW — Since Julia Lipnitskaia awed spectators at the Olympic rink, her body dipping like a graceful rag doll to strains of violin in music from “Schindler’s List,” Russian and foreign fans alike have been desperate to learn more about this girl who seems all too grown up for her 15 years. By Laura Mills. SENT. 965 words, photos.
SOCHI, Russia — The Russian ice worker struck by a speeding bobsled is conscious and in stable condition after surgery on two broken legs. Olympic organizers add they are still investigating why he was on the track and didn’t hear the warning signals about an approaching sled. By Stephen Wilson. SENT: 400 words, photos.
— OLY--BOB-Americans Crash. By Tom Withers. SENT: 450 words, photos.
— SOCHI, Russia — OLY--Sochi-Spectators. By Nataliya Vasilyeva, SENT: 200 words, photos.
— SOCHI, Russia — OLY--Sochi-Tickets. SENT: 130 words.
— SOCHI, Russia — OLY--Sochi-St Valentines for Skaters. SENT: 120 words.
SOCHI, Russia — A pair of skiers from Switzerland collected gold medals at the Sochi Games on Friday, and a teenager from Japan overcame a pair of falls to become the first Asian man to win an Olympic title in men’s figure skating. By David Pace. SENT. 652 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 8. SENT: 600 words, photos.
— SOCHI, Russia — OLY--Sochi-Photo Gallery. 20 notable Olympic photos on Day 8. SENT.
Gold medals were awarded Friday in Alpine skiing, biathlon, cross-country skiing, figure skating, freestyle skiing, skeleton.
KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia — It’s been said, cynically, that a runner-up is the first loser, and Alpine skier Ivica Kostelic is familiar with the expression. The Croatian doesn’t like it one bit. Especially now that he is the only Olympian to earn a silver medal in the same individual event at three consecutive Winter Games, finishing second to surprise champion Sandro Viletta of Switzerland in the super-combined. By Howard Fendrich. SENT. 875 words, photos.
KRASNAYA POLYANA, Switzerland — Quietly and modestly, Sandro Viletta adds some more Romansh to Valentine’s Day. The little-known Swiss skier caps an incredible day for the people of Graubuenden, a minority Romansh-speaking area of his country, by winning Olympic gold in the men’s super-combined. By Graham Dunbar. SENT. 550 words, photos.
KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia — Lydia Lassila’s four twists in three flips raise the bar for the next generation of aerials jumpers, while clearing the way for another veteran, Alla Tsuper of Belarus, to win the gold medal in her fifth and final try. By National Writer Eddie Pells. SENT. 750 words, photos.
— OLY--FRE-COOK’S FINALE — Emily Cook finishes eighth in Olympic finale. By Will Graves. SENT. 534 words, photos.
KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia — Britain’s Lizzy Yarnold won the season’s first race on a technicality. The season’s last race, there was no argument. Yarnold won the Olympic women’s skeleton gold medal putting the 25-year-old unquestionably atop her sport, probably for years to come. By Tim Reynolds. SENT. 777 words, photos.
— OLY--SKE-NOELLE’S SILVER — This time, joyous tears for Pikus-Pace. By Tim Reynolds. SENT. 777 words, photos.
OLY--XXC-MEN’S 15K CLASSICAL
KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia — After a season blighted by an ankle injury, Dario Cologna is finally having his day in the sun. Wearing short sleeves and sunglasses in the spring-like weather, the Swiss cross-country skier wins his second gold medal of the Sochi Olympics in the 15-kilometer classical-style race. By Mattias Karen. SENT. 770 words, photos.
OLY--BIA-WOMEN’S 15K INDIVIDUAL
KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia — Darya Domracheva’s unmatched pace at skiing earns her a second gold medal of the Sochi Olympics, and this time she wasn’t the only Belarusian on the podium. By Eric Willemsen. SENT. 745 words, photos.
SOCHI, Russia — Teemu Selanne becomes the oldest hockey player to score in Olympic history, helping Finland rout Norway 6-1. By Larry Lage. SENT. 257 words, photos.
SOCHI, Russia — Swedish hockey captain Henrik Zetterberg will miss the rest of the Sochi Games because of a herniated disk. By Greg Beacham. SENT. 464 words, photos.
SOCHI, Russia — Kevin Dineen was fishing on the southern tip of Florida when he received a call from Bob Nicholson, the head of Hockey Canada. He asked if Dineen was sitting down. By Jimmy Golen. SENT. 867 words, photos.
— OLY--HKO-CANADA-AUSTRIA. By Greg Beacham. SENT. 649 words, photos.
— OLY--HKO-SWEDEN-SWITZERLAND. By Larry Lage. SENT: 350 words, photos.
— OLY--HKO-CZECH REPUBLIC-LATVIA. By Greg Beacham. SENT.718 words, photos.
— OLY--NORWAY-FINLAND. By Larry Lage. SENT. 643 words, photos.
— OLY--CUR-MEN’S CURLING ROUNDUP. By Steve Douglas. SENT. 644 words, photos.
— OLY--CUR-WOMEN’S CURLING ROUNDUP. By Steve Douglas. SENT. 450 words, photos.
— OLY--SKE-MEN’S SKELETON. By Tom Withers. SENT. 649 words, photos.
— OLY--JUM-LARGE HILL. By Dennis Passa. SENT. 436 words, photos.
Gold medals will be awarded Saturday in women’s super-G, women’s cross-country 20K relay, men’s large hill ski jumping, men’s skeleton, men’s 1,500 meter speedskating, short track men’s 1,000 and women’s 1,500 meters
KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia — Only one of the super-G medalists at Vancouver four years ago will be racing at these Winter Games: Slovenia’s Tina Maze, who was part of the only tie for first place in Alpine Olympic history in the downhill here. Germany’s Maria Hoefl-Riesch, another gold medalist already in Sochi, is also a contender, while Julia Mancuso will try to boost a U.S. Ski Team medal count for Alpine that stands at one, her bronze in super-combined. By Howard Fendrich. UPCOMING. Race scheduled to start at 2 a.m. EST, 0700 GMT.
— OLY--SKI-ALPINE-LOOKAHEAD. By Andrew Dampf. SENT. 540 words, photos.
OLY--XXC-WOMEN’S 20K RELAY
KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia — Marit Bjoergen’s wait for another Olympic medal should end with Norway’s women overwhelming favorites to win the women’s 4x5-kilometer. By Mattias Karen. UPCOMING. Race starts at 5 a.m. EST, 1000GMT.
— OLY--XXC-CROSS-COUNTRY-LOOKAHEAD. By Mattias Karen. SENT. 400 words, photos.
KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia — Kamil Stoch of Poland overcame a touch of influenza to win the normal hill gold medal at the Sochi Games last weekend. He’s feeling just fine heading into the large hill competition, which can’t be good news for the other 49 jumpers in the final. By Dennis Passa. UPCOMING. Final starts at 1:30 p.m. EST, 1830 GMT.
— OLY--JUM-LARGE HILL-LOOKAHEAD. By Dennis Passa. SENT. 450 words, photos.
SOCHI, Russia — Shani Davis attempts to finally win a medal for the American speedskating team in the men’s 1,500, a race with a host of possible winners including — of course — some Dutch skaters. By National Writer Paul Newberry. UPCOMING. Race starts at 8:30 a.m. EST, 1330 GMT.
— OLY--SPD-MEN’S 1500-LOOKAHEAD. By Raf Casert. SENT. 517 words, photos.
Alexander Tretiakov has a lead heading into the final two heats of men’s skeleton. He also has Martins Dukurs on his tail. By Tim Reynolds. UPCOMING. Final heat starts at 11:15 a.m. EST, 1615 GMT.
— OLY--SKE-MEN-LOOKAHEAD. By Tom Withers. SENT. 329 words, photos.
SOCHI, Russia — Defending champion Zhou Yang of China’s biggest challenge in the women’s 1,500 short track is likely Park Seung-hi of South Korea, the bronze medalist in Vancouver four years ago. By Beth Harris. UPCOMING. Final starts at 7:09 EST, 1209 GMT.
SOCHI, Russia — Russia’s Viktor Ahn tries to win a second short track medal for his adopted country in the 1,000 meters. The former South Korean citizen will have to overcome 1,500 champion Charles Hamelin of Canada. By Beth Harris. UPCOMING. Final starts at 7:23 a.m. EST, 1223 GMT.
— OLY--SHO-SHORT TRACK-LOOKAHEAD. By Beth Harris. SENT. 425 words, photos.
SOCHI, Russia — Jaromir Jagr looks to celebrate his 42nd birthday with a goal in his third straight Olympic outing when the Czech Republic faces Switzerland. By Greg Beacham. UPCOMING. Game starts noon EST, 1700 GMT.
— OLY--HKO-SLOVAKIA-SLOVENIA. By Larry Lage. UPCOMING. Game starts at 3 a.m. EST, 0800 GMT.
— OLY--HKO-SWEDEN-LATVIA. By Larry Lage. UPCOMING. Game starts noon EST, 1700 GMT.
OLY--CUR-MEN’S CURLING ROUNDUP
SOCHI, Russia — Sweden, Britain and China — the teams in a three-way tie for the lead at 5-1 — are all in action in the men’s Olympic curling tournament. In the standout game, Britain takes on defending champion Canada, which is looking for a fourth straight win. By Steve Douglas. UPCOMING. By 7 a.m. EST, 1200 GMT.
OLY--CUR-WOMEN’S CURLING ROUNDUP
SOCHI, Russia — Canada can seal a place in the semifinals of the women’s Olympic curling tournament by beating Japan and Russia to extend its undefeated run to seven games. By Steve Douglas. UPCOMING. By 3 a.m. EST, 0800 GMT.
OLY--BAGGING THE GAMES
SOCHI, Russia — Vacuuming up followers on social media is the smart play for Olympians in Sochi. Athletes who catch and ride this once-every-four-years wave could come home from Russia with stronger hands to woo new sponsors or squeeze more money from existing ones. By John Leicester. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.
SOCHI, Russia — Emily Scott’s dad made it through strange airports in far-flung countries to watch her skate in short track at the Winter Olympics. Her mom, if she’s lucky, may get to watch her on TV in prison. By Sports Writer Beth Harris. SENT. 785 words, photos.
BEIRUT — The video of Jacky Chamoun that surfaced on the Internet as she prepared for the Sochi Olympics caused quite a stir in Lebanon, and exposed some deeper issues. By Barbara Surk. SENT. 870 words, photos.