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BC-AP Olympic Digest,ADVISORY
Associated Press
2014-02-06 11:42 PM

The AP Olympic digest 10 a.m. EST (1500 GMT). The supervisor of the Olympic desk in Sochi is Chris Lehourites. Reruns are available from the Service Desk (800 838-4616) or your local AP bureau.

TOP STORIES:

OLY--SOCHI-PUTIN'S GAMES

SOCHI, Russia -- They're designed to celebrate a millennium of Russian might and this country's modern rebound, and kick off two weeks of extraordinary human endeavors and planetary sportsmanship. But the ceremony opening the Sochi Olympics on Friday, more than anything, will be about one man: Vladimir Putin. By Angela Charlton. SENT: 900 words, photos.

OLY--TOOTHPASTE-SECURITY

SOCHI, Russia -- Despite a temporary Russian ban on liquids in carry-on luggage, some air travelers heading to the Sochi Olympics through Moscow have brought toothpaste and other toiletries past security checkpoints without any problems. By Karl Ritter. SENT: 700 words, photos.

OLY--LUG-REMEMBERING THE CRASH

KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia -- Four years ago, Olympic luge changed forever with the death of Georgia's Nodar Kumaritashvili hours before the start of Vancouver Games. The horrifying crash prompted Sochi organizers to design a slower, safer track than the one used in Whistler. By Tom Withers. SENT: 1,100 words, photos.

OLY--OLYMPICS THEN AND NOW

SOCHI, Russia -- Thirty-four years after Moscow hosted the 1980 Summer Games, President Vladimir Putin is intent on proving that post-Soviet Russia remains a global player, if no longer a superpower. By Steven R. Hurst. SENT: 750 words, photos.

NEWS/POLITICS:

OLY--RUSSIA-ANTI-GAY LAW

MOSCOW -- When the Olympics open Friday, many will be watching to see if Russia enforces its law banning gay "propaganda" to minors and if athletes, fans or activists wave rainbow flags or speak out in protest. By Laura Mills. SENT: 950 words, photos.

-- With:

-- SOCHI, Russia -- OLY--Sochi-Gay Rights. SENT: 130 words, photos.

OLY--SOCHI-UN LEADER

SOCHI, Russia -- U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon condemns attacks and discrimination against gays, touching on the an issue in Russia that has overshadowed preparations for the Sochi Olympics. By Stephen Wilson. SENT: 600 words, photos.

OLY--IOC-SOCHI

SOCHI, Russia -- A record number of world dignitaries are coming to the Sochi Olympics, triple the amount that attended the 2010 Vancouver Games, Russian organizers say. By Stephen Wilson. SENT: 550 words, photos.

OLY--SOCHI-GEORGIA

SOCHI, Russia -- Georgian athletes overcome political wrangling and arrive at the Olympics a day before the opening ceremony. Tension between the countries meant Georgia's Olympians -- three Alpine skiers and a figure skater -- could not be certain they would compete. By Graham Dunbar. SENT: 350 words, photos.

OLY--IOC-RIO

SOCHI, Russia -- The IOC says Brazilian organizers will need "constant supervision and assistance" to ensure they overcome delays in preparations for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. Organizers promise to deliver all projects on time. By Stephen Wilson. 400 words, photos.

COMMENTARY:

OLY--JOHN LEICESTER-060214

SOCHI, Russia -- When Shaun White pulled out of his first event, saying the slopestyle course was too risky for him, the verdict on Twitter was instant. The meanest ones called him chicken, or words to that effect. How wrong. By Sports Columnist John Leicester. SENT: 700 words, photos.

FIXTURES

-- SOCHI SCENE: Dispatches from AP about happenings in and around Sochi. About 50-300 words each, between 12 and 20 items daily. With photos.

-- SOCHI, -- OLY--Olympics-5 Things. Five things to know about the Sochi Olympics. SENT: 350 words, photos.

-- SOCHI, Russia -- OLY--Sochi Olympic Glance. Highlights of the Sochi Olympics on the eve of the opening ceremony. UPCOMING: 300 words, photos by noon EST, 1700 GMT.

COMPETITION

OLY--FIG-TEAM SHORT PROGRAM

SOCHI, Russia -- Go Team! Figure skating team competition comes to the Olympics, with the men and pairs performing their short programs. Canada's three-time world champion Patrick Chan and top Russian pair Tatiana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov headline the event. By Barry Wilner. Men's starts 10:30 a.m. EST, 1530 GMT, followed by pairs at 12:15 p.m. EST, 1715 GMT.

OLY--SKI-ALPINE ROUNDUP

KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia -- Bode Miller tends to do things his way, on the slopes and off. So leave it to him, at 36 years old and in his fifth Olympics -- "kind of been here and done this," Miller says -- to start fast in Sochi, turning in the fastest time in the first downhill training run. The women's race is halted after three skiers so officials can shave down a dangerous jump. By Howard Fendrich. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 1 p.m. EST, 1800 GMT.

-- With:

-- OLY--SKI-Men's Downhill Training. By Pat Graham. SENT: 500 words, photos.

-- OLY--SKI-Women's Downhill Training. By Andrew Dampf. SENT: 500 words, photos.

OLY--SBD-SLOPESTYLE

KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia -- Snowboarders kick off competition at the Olympics by making the slopestyle layout that Shaun White deemed "intimidating" feel anything but that. By National Writer Eddie Pells. SENT: 600 words, photos.

-- With:

-- OLY--SBD-Empty Seats. SENT: 130 words, photos.

OLY--FRE-WOMEN'S MOGULS

KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia -- American Hannah Kearney begins her quest for a second straight Olympic gold medal in women's moguls with the start of qualifying. Three Canadian sisters -- Chloe, Maxime and Justine Dufour-Lapointe -- are among those trying to stop her. By Will Graves. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos. Event ends about 11 a.m. EST, 0400 GMT.

OLY--JUM-LIGHT IT UP

KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia -- Turn on the lights, Olympic ski jumping begins. The world's best male jumpers train under the lights, and many believe the strong lighting, lack of sun glare and colder conditions can make for better competition. By Dennis Passa. UPCOMING: 450 words, photos by 1 p.m. EST, 1800 GMT.

-- With:

-- OLY--JUM-Morgenstern Returns. SENT: 130 words, photos.

FEATURES:

OLY--SHO-AMERICAN HOPES

SOCHI, Russia -- The U.S. speedskating team won't have the home-ice advantage in Sochi. The Americans, however, still think they have a shot at matching their biggest medal haul at the Olympics. By Paul Newberry. SENT: 130 words, photos. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 11 a.m. EST, 1600 GMT.

OLY--BOB-JAMAICA ARRIVES

KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia -- Everything's cool and running with Jamaica's Olympic bobsled team. After their equipment was delayed in arriving to Sochi, driver Winston Watts and his teammates get in their first two runs down the track. By Tom Withers. SENT: 500 words, photos.

OLY--SPD-SUITING UP

SOCHI, Russia -- To fans, they just look like skintight suits in a riot of screaming colors. To skaters, their custommade Olympic body suits are talismanic, the latest in high-tech design to make a difference between gold and silver. By Raf Casert. 600 words, photos by 11 a.m. EST, 1600 GMT.

OLY--FIG-VIRTUE-MOIR

Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir might use the six days between the figure skating team event and the ice dance to tweak their performances after they see the reaction of the judges and the crowd. By Rachel Cohen. SENT: 650 words. photos.

OLY--HKW--BLOWOUT BUSTER

SOCHI, Russia -- Because of a format change aimed at reducing opening-round routs in women's hockey, the U.S. and Canada will meet in the preliminary round for the first time since the sport joined the Winter Games in 1998. By Jimmy Golen. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 3 p.m. EST, 2000 GMT.

-- Also:

-- SOCHI, Russia -- OLY--IOC-Panasonic. SENT: 100 words, photos.

-- SOCHI, Russia -- OLY--IOC-Age Limits. SENT: 150 words, photos.

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