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Associated Press
2014-02-17 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--SOCHI-WEATHER DELAYS

KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia -- Thick mountain fog forces the postponement of a biathlon race and snowboard event until Tuesday. Alpine events are not affected because Monday is an off-day, but organizers call off a free skiing session to preserve the course for Tuesday's women's giant slalom. By Mattias Karen. SENT: 650 words, photos.

OLY--FIG-FREE DANCE

SOCHI, Russia -- Meryl Davis and Charlie White are one performance away from winning the first Olympic gold medal in ice dancing for the U.S. They lead 2010 Olympic champions Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir going into the free dance. By Rachel Cohen. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Free dance starts 10 a.m. EST, 1500 GMT.

-- With:

-- OLY--FIG-Mao's Moment. By Rachel Cohen. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 11 a.m. EST, 1600 GMT.

OLY--THE OLYMPIC PUTIN

SOCHI, Russia -- Competitors at the Olympics get nervous knowing that the eyes of the world will be on them for a few minutes. For Vladimir Putin, that scrutiny extends for the entire 17 days of the games. And many of those eyes are waiting for him to fail. By Jim Heintz. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

OLY--NERVOUS NORWAY

SOCHI, Russia -- Norway's Olympic officials had more things to worry about than the stunning collapse of their cross-country relay teams over the weekend. The king and queen were coming, just in time to help salvage an Olympics that hasn't gone entirely as planned. By Tim Dahlberg. UPCOMING: 900 words, photos by 11 a.m. EST, 1600 GMT.

OLY--GAY ACTIVIST ARRESTED

SOCHI, Russia -- An Italian gay-rights activist says she was detained by police at the Olympics after being stopped while carrying a rainbow flag that read in Russian: "Gay is OK." Police on Monday denied this happened. By Nataliya Vasilyeva. SENT: 650 words, photos.

OLY--SOCHI SECURITY

SOCHI, Russia -- For all the warnings that security in Sochi would be invasive and aggressive, it's appearing more and more uneven, and in places almost relaxed. No attacks have been reported, and the world's attention has turned to skiing and skating instead of security measures. By Angela Charlton. SENT: 700 words, photos.

NEWS/POLITICS:

OLY--GAY RIGHTS-STAR POWER

LOS ANGELES -- The combination appeared custom-made for Hollywood activism: a stirring human rights cause and the international platform that is the Winter Olympics. But halfway through the games, film and TV stars have been background players in the outcry against Russia's policies on gays. By Entertainment Writer Lynn Elber. SENT: 1,400 words, photos.

FIXTURES:

OLY--OLYMPIC ROUNDUP

SOCHI, Russia -- Fog shrouded mountain venues forced postponements of most outdoor competitions at the Sochi Olympics. Indoors, Americans Meryl Davis and Charlie White headed into figure skating's free dance as the gold medal favorites. By David Pace. SENT: 500 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 11. UPCOMING: 300 words, photos by 2 p.m. EST, 1900 GMT.

-- SOCHI, Russia -- OLY--Sochi-Photo Gallery. 20 notable Olympic photos on Day 11. UPCOMING: about noon EST, 1700 GMT.

COMPETITION:

Five gold medals: biathlon, bobsled, figure skating, freestyle skiing, ski jumping.

Medals:

OLY--BIA-WOMEN'S 12-5K MASS START

KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia -- Darya Domracheva of Belarus is aiming for her third straight gold medal in the final women's individual biathlon competition in Sochi. Thick fog brought the postponement of the men's race earlier in the day. By Eric Willemsen. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Race starts 10 a.m. EST, 1500 GMT.

OLY--BOB-TWO-MAN

KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia -- Alexander Zubkov is primed to give Russia an Olympic gold medal in two-man bobsledding. The veteran holds a sizable lead over Beat Hefti of Switzerland and Steven Holcomb of the U.S. entering the final two runs of the event. By Tim Reynolds. UPCOMING: Race starts 9:30 a.m. EST, 1430 GMT.

OLY--FRE-MEN'S AERIALS

KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia -- Alexei Grishin of Belarus tries to give his country an aerials sweep while also going for a second straight Olympic gold medal of his own in the event. By National Writer Eddie Pells. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Final ends about 2 p.m. EST, 1900 GMT.

-- Also:

-- KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia -- OLY--SBD-Men's-Snowboardcross-Delayed. By Will Graves. SENT: 350 words, photos.

Non-Medals:

OLY--HKW-SWEDEN-US

SOCHI, Russia -- The U.S. defeats Sweden 6-1 to reach the gold medal game in women's hockey -- something the Americans failed to do in Turin in 2006. That was the only time since the sport was added to the Winter Games that the U.S. and Canada didn't play in the final. By Jimmy Golen. SENT: 400 words, photos.

OLY--HKW-SWITZERLAND-CANADA

SOCHI, Russia -- Three-time defending champion Canada tries to remain unbeaten in women's hockey when it plays Switzerland in the semifinals. A victory would assure the Canadians a medal for the fifth time in five Olympics since the sport joined the Winter Games. By Jimmy Golen. Game starts noon EST, 1700 GMT.

OLY--CUR-MEN'S CURLING ROUNDUP

SOCHI, Russia -- China beats Britain 6-5 to qualify for the semifinals in men's curling, leaving the British to play a tiebreaker against Norway on Tuesday for the final spot in the playoffs. By Steve Douglas. SENT: 550 words, photos.

OLY--CUR-WOMEN'S CURLING ROUNDUP

SOCHI, Russia -- Britain kept alive its chances of reaching the women's semifinals by beating Russia 9-6 and eliminating the host nation from the curling tournament. The U.S. finishes in last place for the second straight Olympics. By Steve Douglas. SENT: 350 words, photos.

FEATURES:

OLY--SKI-SHIFFRIN STARTS

KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia -- Mikaela Shiffrin's been writing it all down for years: How to get better on the slopes. What the Winter Games will be like. What questions might reporters ask. The 18-year-old American makes her Olympic debut Tuesday in the giant slalom. She and her mother make clear only a medal will do. By Howard Fendrich. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by noon EST, 1700 GMT.

-- With:

-- OLY--SKI-Svindal Out. By Andrew Dampf. SENT: 300 words, photos.

-- OLY--SKI-East Timor's Olympian. By Andrew Dampf and Howard Fendrich. SENT: 700 words, photos.

-- OLY--SKI-McJames Makes It. By Andrew Dampf. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by noon EST, 1700 GMT.

OLY--SPD-AMERICAN DEBACLE-WHAT NOW?

SOCHI, Russia -- With its Olympics in shambles and little hope of turning things around in Sochi, the U.S. speedskating team must try to figure out what went wrong. Everyone knows that painful self-assessment could lead to profound changes. By National Writer Paul Newberry. SENT: 130 words, photos. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by noon EST, 1700 GMT.

OLY--HKO-PLAYOFFS BEGIN

SOCHI, Russia -- Canada, Sweden and the U.S. all made it through preliminary play without a loss, giving them an extra day off before the chase for medals begins. Whether that's an advantage is debatable. No team in such a situation has won a gold medal since the NHL joined the games in 1998. By Greg Beacham. SENT: 700 words, photos.

-- With:

-- OLY--HKO-Swiss Surge. By Greg Beacham. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 1 p.m. EST, 1800 GMT.

OLY--HKO-RUSSIA-DATSYUK

SOCHI, Russia -- Even on one good leg, Russian captain Pavel Datsyuk has been one of his team's best players. By Hockey Writer Larry Lage. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by noon EST, 1700 GMT.

OLY--BOB-LAURYN AND LOLO

KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia -- The funny thing is, neither Lauryn Williams nor Lolo Jones should be here. Williams recovered from a popped hamstring; Jones wouldn't have tried bobsledding had she won an Olympic track medal. Yet here they are, Summer-turned-Winter Olympians. By Tim Reynolds. SENT: 900 words, photos.

OLY--BOB-HUMPHRIES' MARKS

KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia -- After winning gold in Vancouver, Canada's Kaillie Humphries got a tattoo of her medal inked on her back. It's the latest body art for the defending Olympic champion who can become the first athlete to win consecutive golds in two-man bobsled. By Tom Withers. SENT: 750 words, photos.

OLY--CUR-US FUTURE

SOCHI, Russia -- The U.S. women's team finishes the Olympic curling tournament in last place for a second-straight Winter Games, this time with just one win in nine games. The U.S. men's team hasn't fared much better. The Olympic failures raise questions about how curling is run in the U.S. By Steve Douglas. SENT: 750, words, photos.

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