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BC-AP Olympic Digest,ADVISORY

February 5, 2014

The supervisor of the AP Olympic desk in Sochi is Chris Lehourites. Reruns are available from the Service Desk (800 838-4616) or your local AP bureau.



PUTIN-SOCHI, Russia — President Vladimir Putin says Russia is ready, at long last, to host the Winter Games. It has taken seven years and more money than any country has ever spent on any Olympics. By Angela Charlton. SENT: 700 words, photos.


KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia — Shaun White pulls of the new Olympic slopestyle event after being banged up on a course riders are criticizing as unduly harsh. He willl concentrate on halfpipe, where he will try for his third straight gold medal next week. By National Writer Eddie Pells. SENT: 400 words, photos.


SOCHI, Russia — The IOC begins a debate on the future of Olympic bidding, including the possibility of individual country or joint bids rather than the tradition of choosing a single host city. Many members, however, stress that the Olympics enjoy a special status by taking place in one city. By Stephen Wilson. 800 words, photos.


SOCHI, Russia — Complaints about a Russian law criticized as a stifling of gay rights rose anew Wednesday, just days before the opening ceremonies of the Winter Olympics in Sochi, as a U.S. Olympic sponsor and U.N. panel condemned the law and protests were planned for around the world. By Oskar Garcia. SENT: 700 words.



SOCHI, Russia — An activist who has been monitoring environmental fallout from the Sochi Olympics has been jailed for five days for resisting police, apparently part of a continuing campaign against local activists. By Natilya Vasilyeva. SENT: 550 words.


SOCHI, Russia — U.S. Olympic Committee sponsor AT&T condemns a Russian law restricting gay-rights activity. The telecommunications giant says the law is harmful to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. By Iskar Garcia. SENT: 450 words, photos.


SOCHI, Russia — The IOC has been urged not to pay sports to attend the Olympics during talks on its relations with North American professional leagues. “We are on a slippery slope if we start paying people to come to the Olympic Games,” New Zealand member Barry Maister says. By Graham Dunbar. SENT: 400 words, photos.


SOCHI, Russia — Maria Sharapova is visiting the town of her childhood, which also happens to be one of Russia’s warmest spots — and the host of the Winter Games. SENT: 120 words.



SOCHI, Russia — Ashley Wagner sees a certain resemblance between the multihued designs all around the Sochi Olympics and a rainbow gay pride flag. The American figure skater has been one of the most outspoken athletes against Russia’s so-called gay “propaganda” law, and she couldn’t help but mention her amusement at the brightly colored graphics at Olympic venues. By Rachel Cohen. SENT: 560 words.


KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia — Alpine skiers arriving at the Olympics are amazed by the lift facilities at the Rosa Khutor resort. And they say the security isn’t nearly as much of a bother as they expected. By Andrew Dampf. SENT: 650 words, photos.


KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia — Jamaica’s beloved bobsled team arrives — without its equipment. This is the Jamaica’s bobsled team’s first Olympic competition since 2002. The team has been short on funding and had to raise $80,000 for the trip. By Tom Withers. SENT: 500 words, photos.


KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia — If the Germans somehow do not win luge gold at the Sochi Games, the most probable causes would likely be either a wreck or having the team somehow forget the Olympics are happening. By Tim Reynolds. SENT: 700 words, photos.


SOCHI, Russia — Eric Heiden and Sven Kramer are perhaps the two greatest speedskaters of all time. Only one has an Olympic medal haul to match his reputation. Now Kramer has a chance to atone for his wrong-lane blunder from the Vancouver Games. By Raf Casert. SENT: 600 words, photos.


KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia — As far as Canadian Olympian Dusty Korek sees it, a major injustice in ski jumping will come to an end at the Sochi Games. Women will jump for the first time. By Dennis Passa. SENT: 450 words, photos.


KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia — About a month ago, Canadian downhiller Jan Hudec jumped during a simple training drill and landed in tremendous pain. There went a disk in his lower back, and maybe the Olympics. But now he’s “progressing faster than I could’ve imagined.” By Pat Graham. SENT: 550 words.

— Also:

— SOCHI, Russia — OLY--SHO-Superhero Hamelin. By Mike Corder. SENT: 300 words, photos.

— KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia — OLY--JUM-Japan’s Young and Old. By Dennis Passa. SENT: 350 words, photos.

— SOCHI, Russia — OLY--FRE-CAS-Argentina Appeal. SENT: 120 words.

— SOCHI, Russia — OLY--Sochi-Investment. Sent: 200 Words.

— KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia — OLY--LUG-Slider Death. SENT: 100 words.

— SOCHI, Russia — OLY--HKW-United States. SENT: 350 words.

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