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Associated Press
2014-02-13 11:42 PM

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--BOB-TRACK WORKER STRUCK

KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia -- An Olympic track worker struck by a bobsled has two broken legs and "maybe a concussion," the IOC tells the AP. The worker was hit by a forerunning sled in the braking area near the finish. IOC President Thomas Bach says it's not clear why he was there. By Tom Withers. SENT: 700 words, photos.

OLY--FIG-MEN'S SHORT PROGRAM

SOCHI, Russia -- Evgeni Plushenko skates seventh in a field of 30 for the men's short program, with medals favorites Patrick Chan, Yuzuru Hanyu and Javier Fernandez packed into the middle of the draw. Japan's Daisuke Takahashi, the 2010 bronze medalist, skates 29th. By Barry Wilner. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Program starts 10 a.m. EST, 1500 GMT.

-- With:

-- OLY--FIG-Kim Arrives. SENT: 100 words.

OLY--SOCHI-MAN MEETS MACHINE

SOCHI, Russia -- The Olympics are about exceptional humans and exceptional technology, a marriage in which technology is increasingly the breadwinner. Teams and governments pay engineers to shape skis, skates and suits in hopes of medals, which yield new money for the next race. By Angela Charlton. SENT: 800 words, photos.

OLY--BAILING OUT

SOCHI, Russia -- Slopestyle and halfpipe snowboarding and skiing have brought a different element to the Sochi Olympics: Bailing by choice. These aren't simple stumbles, but reacting to those falls by, in effect, giving up on the rest of a run. By Oaska Garcia. UPCOMING: 450 words, photos by 11 a.m. 1600 GMT.

OLY--FRE-MEN'S SLOPESTYLE

KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia -- The U.S. sweeps the podium in men's slopestyle, with Joss Christensen soaring to gold in the sport's Olympic debut. He is followed by Gus Kenworthy and Nick Goepper in conditions in the mountains that have the feel of spring. By National Writer Eddie Pells. SENT: 850 words, photos. UPCOMING: 850 words, photos by 11 a.m. 1600 GMT.

NEWS/POLITICS:

OLY--SOCHI-BACH INTERVIEW

SOCHI, Russia -- IOC President Thomas Bach says the balmy temperatures in Sochi pose no "major risk" to the Olympics, with enough snow still in place for the competitions in the mountain venues. By Stephen Wilson. SENT: 130 words, photos. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 11 a.m. 1600.

-- Also:

-- SOCHI, Russia -- OLY--Sochi-Jailed Activist. SENT: 130 words.

-- KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia -- OLY--SKI-Lebanese Skier. By Pat Graham. SENT: 350 words, photos.

-- SOCHI, Russia -- OLY-SKI-Officials-Car Accident. SENT: 130 words.

-- SOCHI, Russia -- OLY--Sochi-Weather. SENT: 130 words.

FIXTURES:

OLY--OLYMPIC ROUNDUP

SOCHI, Russia -- For only the third time in Winter Olympic history, the U.S. swept a podium. The 1-2-3 finish comes in slopestyle skiing's Olympic debut sport, reviving the Americans' showing in Sochi. In all, six gold medals are awarded. By David Pace. SENT: 500 words, photos. UPCOMING: 800 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 7. UPCOMING: 300 words, photos by noon EST, 1700 GMT.

-- SOCHI, Russia -- OLY--Sochi-Photo Gallery. 20 notable Olympic photos on Day 7. UPCOMING: about noon EST, 1700 GMT.

COMMENTARY:

OLY--TIM DAHLBERG-021314

SOCHI, Russia -- Not all Olympians have the same goals, or finances. Michael Martinez represents another side of the Olympics -- he skates for the Philippines in a donated outfit with hopes that are higher than they are realistic. By Sports Columnist Tim Dahlberg. UPCOMING: 900 words, photos by 7 p.m. EST, 0000 GMT.

COMPETITION:

Gold medals in biathlon, cross-country skiing, freestyle skiing, luge, short track speedskating, speedskating.

Medals:

OLY--BIA-20K INDIVIDUAL

KRASNAYA, POLYANA -- Ole Einar Bjoerndalen needs one more top-three finish to win his 13th career medal, making him the most successful Winter Olympian. But Norwegian teammates Emil Hegle Svendsen and Tarjei Boe may be the ones in command in the 20K individual race. By Eric Willemsen. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos. Final starts 9 a.m. EST, 1400 GMT.

-- With:

-- OLY--BIA-Vilukhina-Out. SENT: 100 words, photos.

OLY--SPD-WOMEN'S 1000

SOCHI, Russia -- Heather Richardson and Brittany Bowe will attempt to give the U.S. speedskating team its first medals when they compete in the women's 1,000 meters. Gold medalists Ireen Wust of the Netherlands and Lee Sang-hwa of South Korea figure to be in the mix. By National Writer Paul Newberry. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Races start 9 a.m. EST, 1400 GMT.

-- With:

-- OLY-SPD-Sablikova. SENT: 130 words, photos.

OLY--LUG-TEAM RELAY

KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia -- Germany looks for a sweep of the golds in Olympic luge when it competes in the team relay with Felix Loch, Natalie Geisenberger and the doubles team of Tobias Wendl and Tobias Arlt -- all gold winners already in Sochi. By Tim Reynolds. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Final starts 11:15 a.m. EST, 1615 GMT.

OLY--XXC-WOMEN'S 10K

KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia -- Justyna Kowalczyk of Poland, skiing with a fractured left foot, wins Olympic gold in women's cross-country 10K classical race. The silver went to Charlotte Kalla and the bronze to Therese Johaug of Norway. By Mattias Karen. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Event started 5 a.m. EST, 1000 GMT.

-- With:

-- OLY--XXC-Togo's Debut. SENT: 130 words, photos.

OLY--SHO-WOMEN'S 500

SOCHI, Russia -- Li Jianrou of China wins the gold medal in 500-meter short track speedskating, the only woman not to fall in the final. She is followed by Italy's Arianna Fontana and South Korea's Park Seung-hi. Injured Wang Meng couldn't defend the title she won at every Olympics since 2002. By Beth Harris. SENT: 700 words, photos.

Non-Medals:

OLY--HKO-RUSSIA-SLOVENIA

SOCHI, Russia -- Alex Ovechkin has a goal and an assist in a breathtaking start, and the Russians go on to beat Slovenia 5-2 in their Sochi Games debut. By Hockey Writer Larry Lage. SENT: 130 words, photos. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 11 a.m. EST, 1600 GMT.

OLY--HKO-SLOVAKIA-US

SOCHI, Russia -- Paul Stastny scores twice during a six-goal barrage in the second period, and the United States gets off to a spectacular start in the Olympic men's hockey tournament with a 7-1 victory over Slovakia. By Greg Beacham. SENT: 750 words, photos.

-- With:

-- OLY--HKO-Finland-Austria. By Greg Beacham. SENT: 650 words, photos.

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

OLY--SKE-WOMEN'S SKELETON

KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia -- Lizzy Yarnold is closing in on becoming the second straight British slider to capture gold in the women's skeleton. She is the leader after two runs, with the final two runs Friday night. Noelle Pikus-Pace of the U.S. is in second place. By Tim Reynolds. SENT: 550 words, photos. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 11 a.m., 1600 EST.

OLY--CUR-MEN'S CURLING ROUNDUP

SOCHI, Russia -- Sweden ends Norway's unbeaten start in men's Olympic curling by defeating its Nordic rival 5-4. Canada and Britain also won on a good day for the gold-medal favorites. By Steve Douglas. SENT: 130 words, photos. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 11 a.m. EST, 1600 GMT.

-- With:

-- OLY--CUR-Women's Curling Roundup. By Steve Douglas. SENT: 350 words, photos.

FEATURES:

OLY--SKI-MEN'S SUPER-COMBINED

KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia -- Ted Ligety was asked who he thought would be fastest in Friday's super-combined. He mentioned Bode Miller, Alexis Pinturault, Aksel Lund Svindal and Ivica Kostelic. After a pause, Ligety, the world champion, added, "and hopefully myself." By Howard Fendrich. SENT: 700 words, photos.

-- With:

-- OLY--SKI-Men's Super-Combined Training. SENT 130 words, photos.

-- OLY--SKI-Kostelic and Dad. By Graham Dunbar. SENT: 550 words, photos.

OLY--SPD-MORRISON'S SURPRISE

SOCHI, Russia -- Speedskater Denny Morrison didn't qualify for the 1,000 in the Olympics after he fell at the Canadian trials. Gilmore Junio offered up his spot in the race, a gesture Morrison at first found hard to believe. He paid back the favor with a silver medal. By Beth Harris. SENT: 600 words, photos.

OLY--SKE-DUKURS' MISS

KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia -- Four years ago, Latvia's Martins Dukurs let an almost certain gold medal -- his country's first in the Winter Games -- slip from his grasp with a small mistake on the final run of men's Olympic. Dukurs' miss hasn't haunted him as much as it has motivated him. By Tom Withers. SENT: 700 words, photos.

OLY--SKI-INDIAN PRIDE

KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia -- The reinstatement of the Indian Olympic Association during the Sochi Games meant more to Alpine skier Himanshu Thakur than a chance to compete under his nation's flag. It meant he was provided with skis, boots and poles for next week's giant slalom. By Andrew Dampf. SENT: 350 words, photos.

OTHER NEWS:

-- KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia -- OLY--JUM-Maksimochkin Injury. SENT: 130 words, photos.

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