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February 14, 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.

TOP STORIES:

OLY--FIG-MEN’S FREE SKATE

SOCHI, Russia — Japan, Canada and Spain are in line for a first Olympic gold medal in men’s figure skating. Japan’s Yuzuru Hanyu leads Canada’s Patrick Chan and Spain’s Javier Fernandez heading into the free skate. By Barry Wilner. UPCOMING: Event starts 10 a.m. EST, 1500 GMT.

OLY--SKI-MEN’S SUPER-COMBINED

KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia — Sandro Viletta of Switzerland jolts skiing’s elite by winning the super-combined on a day that felt like spring. Ivica Kostelic of Croatia took the silver medal in this dual event for the third consecutive Olympics. Christof Innerhofer of Italy won bronze. By Howard Fendrich. SENT: 750 words, photos. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 11 a.m. 1600 GMT.

— With:

— OLY--SKI-Women’s Super-G. By Graham Dunbar. SENT: 550 words, photos.

— FRANKFURT, Germany — OLY--SKI-Neureuther-Crash. SENT: 300 words.

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.

OLY--SPD-AMERICANS-HIGH-TECH SUITS

SOCHI, Russia — The U.S. speedskating team is desperately trying to figure out why it’s had such a miserable performance the first week of the Olympics — and much of the speculation has turned to its new high-tech skinsuit. By National Writer Paul Newberry. SENT: 800 words, photos.

RUSSIAN FIGURE SKATING:

OLY--FIG-PLUSHENKO’S LEGACY

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.

— With:

— OLY--FIG-Plushenko’s Detractors. By Jim Heintz. SENT: 450 words, photos.

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. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by noon EST, 1700 GMT.

NEWS/POLITICS:

OLY--BOB-WORKER STRUCK

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.

— With:

— OLY--BOB-Americans Crash. By Tom Withers. SENT: 450 words, photos.

— Also:

— 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.

FIXTURES:

OLY--OLYMPIC ROUNDUP

SOCHI, Russia — Skiers cut their sleeves before heading out to the cross-country course during one of the warmest days at these Olympics. Japanese teen Yuzuru Hanyu enters the men’s figure skating free skate on record pace. In all, six gold medals are awarded. By David Pace. SENT: 350 words, photos. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 1 p.m. EST, 1800 GMT.

— With:

— 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. UPCOMING: 300 words, photos by noon EST, 1700 GMT.

— SOCHI, Russia — OLY--Sochi-Photo Gallery. 20 notable Olympic photos on Day 8. UPCOMING: about noon EST, 1700 GMT.

COMPETITION:

Gold medals in Alpine skiing, biathlon, cross-country skiing, figure skating, freestyle skiing, skeleton.

Medals:

OLY--XXC-MEN’S 15K CLASSICAL

KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia — Dario Cologna of Switzerland, skiing in short sleeves on another warm day, wins his second gold medal in Sochi by capturing the 15-kilometer classical-style cross-country race by 28.5 seconds. He is followed by Swedes Johan Olsson and Daniel Richardsson. By Mattias Karen. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos.

OLY--BIA-WOMEN’S 15K INDIVIDUAL

KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia — Olympic pursuit champion Darya Domracheva of Belarus wins the women’s biathlon 15-kilometer individual. By Eric Willemsen. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by noon EST, 1700.

OLY-FRE--WOMEN’S AERIALS

KRASNAYA POLYANA -- Two-time Olympic silver medalist Li Nina of China searches for gold while Lydia Lassila of Australia will try to repeat. By National Writer Eddie Pells. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Final starts 12:30 p.m. EST, 1730 GMT.

OLY--SKE-WOMEN’S SKELETON

KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia — Lizzy Yarnold of Britain leads Noelle Pikus-Pace of the U.S. by nearly half a second entering the final two runs of the women’s skeleton competition at the Sochi Olympics. It’s the final race for Pikus-Pace before retirement. By Tim Reynolds. UPCOMING: Races start 10:40 a.m. EST, 1540 GMT.

Non-Medals:

OLY--HKO-CANADA-AUSTRIA

SOCHI, Russia — Sidney Crosby leads the packed Canadian lineup into its second game in two nights against undermanned Austria. Canada can move into commanding position for a quarterfinal berth with another victory. By Greg Beacham. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts noon EST, 1700 GMT.

OLY--HKO-SWEDEN-SWITZERLAND

SOCHI, Russia — Sweden and Switzerland meet in what is expected to be the most evenly matched game of the day in men’s hockey. By Hockey Writer Larry Lage. SENT: 350 words, photos. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos.

— With:

— OLY--Czech Republic-Latvia. By Greg Beacham. SENT: 600 words, photos.

— OLY--Norway-Finland. By Larry Lage. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts noon EST, 1700 GMT.

OLY--SKE-MEN’S SKELETON

KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia — Martins Dukurs of Latvia is the overwhelming favorite entering the first two heats of the men’s skeleton event at the Sochi Olympics, as he looks for the gold medal that would essentially mean he won all there is to win in his sport. By Tom Withers. UPCOMING: Races start 7:30 a.m. EST, 1230 GMT.

OLY--JUM-LARGE HILL

KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia — Normal hill winner Kamil Stoch resumes his attempt for two straight gold medals when he and 68 other ski jumpers take to the large hill for qualifying leading to Saturday’s final. By Dennis Passa. UPCOMING: 400 words, photos. Competition starts 12:30 p.m., 1730 GMT.

— With:

— OLY--JUM-Maksimochkin-Injury. SENT: 130 words, photos.

OLY--CUR-MEN’S CURLING ROUNDUP

SOCHI, Russia — Sweden ends China’s unbeaten run in men’s Olympic curling with a 6-5 victory in overtime. Canada, in its best performance of the tournament, defeats Norway 10-4. By Steve Douglas. SENT: 550 words, photos. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 1 p.m. EST, 1800 GMT.

— With:

— OLY--CUR-Women’s Curling Roundup. By Steve Douglas. SENT: 120 words, photos. UPCOMING: 400 words, photos by 10 a.m. EST, 1500 GMT.

FEATURES:

OLY--FIG-HAMILTON’S ANNIVERSARY

SOCHI, Russia — Eight years before it was devastated by war, Sarajevo was home to the 1984 Winter Olympics. It is that Sarajevo that endures for Scott Hamilton. Thirty years ago this Sunday, Hamilton won the figure skating gold medal. By Barry Wilner. SENT: 700 words, photos.

OLY--SPD-SUPER DUTCH

SOCHI, Russia — The Dutch go into the second half of their Olympic speedskating program riding an orange cloud. They have a medal haul of 12 with six of 12 events gone and seem bound to break the record for most speedskating medals by a country. By Raf Casert. SENT: 500 words, photos.

OLY--BOB-UNDERDOG LOLO

KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia — U.S. bobsledder Lolo Jones is part of an underdog team in Sochi. She doesn’t think that’s a bad thing. After all, in her mind, these games have already been “the Olympics of the underdogs.” By Tim Reynolds. SENT: 700 words, photos.

OLY--BOB-QUINN’S OLYMPICS

KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia — He’s busted through doors and gotten stuck in elevators. Now U.S. bobsledder Johnny Quinn — a Twitter darling of the Sochi Olympics — is simply looking for a way to help his team break into the medal hunt. By Tom Withers. SENT: 700 words, photos.

OLY--SHO-SCOTT’S JOURNEY

SOCHI, Russia — Emily Scott was forced to apply for food stamps after her monthly stipend from U.S. Speedskating was cut from $1,950 to $600. She got creative and sought financial support via a crowd funding web site. Enough strangers touched by her story responded and she raised more than $48,000. By Beth Harris. UPCOMING; 750 words, photos by 11 a.m. EST, 1600 GMT.

OLY--HKW-SMILE JAPAN

SOCHI, Russia — The Japanese women’s hockey team remains upbeat despite going winless during round-robin play. They’ve got their fans, though. The banners hanging over the railing at the arena say “Smile Japan,” and the players did their best to maintain a happy face. By Jimmy Golen. SENT: 650 words, photos.

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