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BC-AP Olympic Digest

February 23, 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 — Overflowing with pride after a spectacular showing at the costliest Olympics, Russia celebrates 17 days of sport-driven global unity with a farewell show that hands off the Winter Games to Pyeongchang, South Korea. Says the IOC president: “This is amazing, what has happened here.” By John Leicester. SENT: 800 words, photos. UPCOMING: 1,000 words, photos. Ceremony starts 11:14 EST, 1614 GMT.


SOCHI, Russia — Canada wins the men’s hockey gold for the third time in the last four Olympics. Jonathan Toews has a goal in the first period and captain Sidney Crosby scores his first goal of the tournament. Chris Kunitz also scores and Carey Price made 24 saves. By Greg Beacham. SENT: 130 words, photos. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by noon EST, 1700 GMT.


KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia — The fifth and sixth doping cases hit Sochi — these involving Swedish hockey star Nicklas Backstrom and Austrian cross-country skier Johannes Duerr. IOC President Thomas Bach says the program to catch drug cheats is working. By Graham Dunbar. SENT: 800 words, photos. UPCOMING: 900 words, photos by noon EST, 1700 GMT.



SOCHI, Russia — Think you know what happened at the Olympics? Take this quiz and really find out. By Sports Columnist Tim Dahlberg. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 11 a.m. EST, 1600 GMT.



SOCHI, Russia — IOC President Thomas Bach says the Sochi Olympics have showcased the remarkable transformation of the city from a fading resort where a few years ago he feared being hit in the head by a falling roof. By Stephen Wilson. SENT: 700 words, photos.


SOCHI, Russia — Four years after a stunningly poor showing in Vancouver, Russia has righted its Olympic self on home turf. The Russians surge to the top of the medals table — total medals and gold — on the last day of the Sochi Games. By Jon Krawczynski. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by noon EST, 1700 GMT.


SOCHI, Russia — The speedskaters flopped, and so did the hockey team. If it wasn’t for some brand new sports, the medal count would be paltry. Yet U.S. Olympic officials insist this was one of the country’s best Olympics. By Tim Dahlberg. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 11 a.m. EST, 1600 GMT.

— Also:

— SOCHI, Russia — OLY--FRE-CAS-Men’s-Skicross. SENT: 100 words, photos.



SOCHI, Russia — On the day the flame is snuffed out at the closing ceremony, Canada beats Sweden 3-0 for the gold medal in men’s hockey, Russia finishes with more medals and more gold than anyone and two more athletes are caught doping. By Fred Lief. SENT: 450 words, photos. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 2 p.m. EST, 1900 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 17. UPCOMING: 300 words, photos by 2 p.m. EST, 1900 GMT.

— SOCHI, Russia — OLY--Sochi-Photo Gallery. 20 notable Olympic photos on Day 17. UPCOMING: about noon EST, 1700 GMT.


Three gold medals: bobsled, cross-country, men’s hockey.


KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia — Alexander Zubkov drives Russia to victory in the four-man bobsled, adding that gold to his two-man from earlier in the games. Steven Holcomb of the U.S., the 2010 Olympic champ, wins bronze. By Tim Reynolds. SENT: 750 words, photos.

— With:

— OLY--BOB-Holcomb’s Bronzes. By Tom Withers. SENT: 750 words, photos.


KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia — Alexander Legkov led a Russian sweep of the men’s 50-kilometer cross-country race Sunday, giving the host nation its first gold medal in the sport at the Sochi Olympics. The victory assures Russia of finishing with the most medals. By Mattias Karen. SENT: 700 words, photos.



KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia — From Mikaela Shiffrin to Bode Miller, from Mario Matt to Henrik Kristoffersen, Alpine skiing at the Sochi Games was one for the ages. By Howard Fendrich. SENT: 700 words, photos.


SOCHI, Russia — In the last speedskating race in Sochi, Even the Dutch were coasting for a while on their way to another gold medal. The Dutch piled up eight golds and 23 medals overall in a dozen events at the oval — nearly twice as many medals as every other country combined. By Raf Casert. SENT: 700 words, photos.


KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia — Coming soon to an Olympics near you: Could it be Big Air? Buoyed by the success of slopestyle and other new action sports in Sochi, U.S. ski and snowboard leaders are hatching a plan to bring more high-flying athletes into the mix. By National Writer Eddie Pells. SENT: 800 words, photos.


KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia — Weather worries. Track troubles. Ukraine’s unity. Domracheva’s dominance. Bjoerndalen’s brilliance. Biathlon at the Sochi Olympics had it all. And, yes, there was doping, too. By Eric Willemsen. SENT: 650 words, photos.


MASIK PASS, North Korea — North Korean didn’t send a single athlete to the Sochi Olympics. But now North Koreans are flocking to the slopes of a lavish new ski resort, with the Winter Games to make camp in neighboring South Korea four years from now. By Eric Talmadge. SENT: 900 words, photos.

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