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Associated Press
2014-02-18 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--PUSSY RIOT-SOCHI

SOCHI, Russia -- Two members of the punk group Pussy Riot are among nine people detained in downtown Sochi. All are later released and no charges are filed. Police say they were questioned about a theft at the hotel where they were staying. By Nataliya Vasilyeva. SENT: 600 words, photos.

OLY--SKI-WOMEN'S GIANT SLALOM

KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia -- Dealing with the wild weather better than anyone -- the thick snowflakes at the top of the hill, the rain in the middle, the sleet at the bottom -- Tina Maze turned in a fantastic opening leg and a sufficient second leg to win the giant slalom for her second gold medal of the Sochi Games. By Howard Fendrich. SENT: 800 words, photos.

OLY--SILENCING SPONSORS

SOCHI, Russia -- The Olympics can be a dense and confusing thicket of rules when it comes to sponsors and advertising. In theory, Olympians can be disqualified if they use the games to plug nonapproved brands. And the IOC even holds athletes responsible for how their sponsors behave outside the Olympic bubble. By John Leicester and Stephen Wilson. SENT: 1,100 words, photos.

OLY--HKO-RUSSIA-NORWAY

SOCHI, Russia -- Russia begins its perilous path in hockey's medal rounds with a 4-0 victory over Norway in a game far more testing for the host country than the score suggests. Russia is trying to win its first hockey gold medals in 22 years. By Greg Beacham. SENT: 130 words, photos. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos.

OLY--XXC-NORWAY-WAXING WOES

KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia -- Few at the Olympics are under more scrutiny than Knut Nystad. The head wax technician for Norway's mighty cross-country ski team must keep defending himself. After all, zero medals from two cross-country relays means 5 million Norwegians want answers. By Mattias Karen. SENT: 750 words, photos.

SKIING:

OLY--SKI-SHIFFRIN'S DEBUT

KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia -- Mikaela Shiffrin knew what to do after the first run of the giant slalom: ski faster. That she did, but the American teen sensation finished in fifth place after hoping for gold in her Olympic debut. By Tim Dahlberg. SENT: 700 words, photos.

OLY--SKI-MANCUSO OUT

KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia -- When things were not going well for Julia Mancuso a few months ago, she was fairly certain these would be her last Olympics. After one bronze medal -- and some inspiration from 36-year-old Bode Miller -- Mancuso wouldn't rule out the 2018 Olympics, when she'll be 33. By Howard Fendrich. SENT: 550 words, photos.

-- Also:

-- OLY--SKI-The Others. By Pat Graham. SENT: 660 words, photos.

-- OLY--SKI-Vanessa-Mae. SENT: 350 words, photos.

NEWS/POLITICS:

OLY--SOCHI-GAY ACTIVIST

SOCHI, Russia -- The IOC defends the removal of an Italian gay rights activist from a Sochi arena, saying she was "escorted from there peacefully" and not detained. The Olympic body says her "stated aim" was to demonstrate at the venue. By Nataliya Vasilyeva. SENT: 300 words, photos.

OLY--HKO--OLYMPICS-NHL

SOCHI, Russia -- NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman says that during the Sochi Games the league will not discuss whether its players will be part of the 2018 Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. By Larry Lage. SENT: 450 words, photos.

FIXTURES:

OLY--OLYMPIC ROUNDUP

SOCHI, Russia -- The Olympics takes an overt political turn on Day 12, with the detention and release of two members of the punk group Pussy Riot and seven others. On the slopes, Tina Maze of Slovenia finds more gold, winning the women's giant slalom. By Fred Lief. 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 12. UPCOMING: 300 words, photos by 2 p.m. EST, 1900 GMT.

-- SOCHI, Russia -- OLY--Sochi-Photo Gallery. 20 notable Olympic photos on Day 12. UPCOMING: about noon EST, 1700 GMT.

COMPETITION:

Seven gold medals: Alpine skiing, biathlon, freestyle skiing, Nordic combined, short-track speedskating, speedskating, snowboard.

Medals:

OLY--SBD-MEN'S SNOWBOARDCROSS

KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia -- Pierre Vaultier of France holds off Nikolay Olyunin of Russia to win gold in men's snowboardcross. Alex Deibold of the U.S. takes the bronze. The event was pushed back a day because of heavy fog. By Will Graves. SENT: 800 words, photos.

-- With:

-- OLY--SBD-Deibold's-Bronze. By National Writer Eddie Pells. SENT: 650 words, photos.

OLY--BIA--MEN'S 15K MASS START

KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia -- Emil Hegle Svendsen of Norway edges Martin Fourcade of France to win the gold medal in the men's 15-kilometer mass start biathlon. Ondrej Moravec of Czech Republic takes bronze for his second medal of the games. This is Svendsen's fourth career Olympic medal. By Eric Willemsen. SENT: 500 words, photos.

OLY--FRE-MEN'S HALFPIPE

KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia -- Ski halfpipe makes its Olympic debut, with David Wise leading a group of Americans hoping to bring home another gold medal out of the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park. By National Writer Eddie Pells. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Events ends about 2 p.m. EST, 1900 GMT.

OLY--NOR-LARGE HILL

KRASYANA POLYANA, Russia -- Norway delivers a one-two finish in the Nordic combined large hill. Joergen Graabak breaks away from a five-man group with about 100 meters left in the cross-country race, finishing six-tenths of a second ahead of Magnus Moan. Fabian Riessle of Germany wins the bronze. By Dennis Passa. SENT: 650 words, photos.

OLY--SHO-SHORT TRACK

SOCHI, Russia -- South Korea wins the short track 3,000-meter relay, passing China on the last lap to take the lead. Four years ago in Vancouver, the South Koreans finished first, but were disqualified and China got the gold. Italy took the bronze, giving Arianna Fontana her third medal in Sochi. By Beth Harris. SENT: 800 words, photos.

-- With:

-- OLY--SHO-Double Dutch. By Raf Casert. SENT: 400 words, photos.

-- OLY--SHO-Falling American. By Paul Newberry. SENT: 400 words, photos.

OLY--SPD-MEN'S 10000

SOCHI, Russia -- Sven Kramer is an overwhelming favorite to give the Dutch another gold medal in speedskating when he tries to make up for an inexplicable mistake that cost him a victory four years ago. The Netherlands could very well sweep the podium for the fourth time at Adler Arena. By National Writer Paul Newberry. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Final started 8 a.m. EST, 1300 GMT.

Non-Medals:

OLY--HKO-CZECH REPUBLIC-SLOVAKIA

SOCHI, Russia -- The Czech Republic and Slovakia meet in an intriguing matchup for a lot of reasons with the winner moving on to the Olympic hockey quarterfinals. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts at noon EST, 1700 GMT.

-- With:

-- OLY--HKO-Slovenia-Austria. By Hockey Writer Larry Lage. SENT: 650 words, photos.

-- OLY--Switzerland-Latvia. By Greg Beacham. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts noon EST, 1700 GMT.

OLY--BOB-WOMEN'S BOBSLED

KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia -- Kaillie Humphries of Canada and Elana Meyers of the U.S. are the top contenders when women's bobsled begins. Lolo Jones and Lauryn Williams will compete for the U.S. as push athletes, the ninth and 10th Americans to participate in both the Summer and Winter Olympics. By Tom Withers. UPCOMING: Races start 10:15 a.m. EST, 1515 GMT.

OLY--CUR-NORWAY-BRITAIN

SOCHI, Russia -- Britain reaches the semifinals in men's curling by beating Norway 6-5 in a tiebreaker. The British will face Sweden in the semifinals on Wednesday while Canada plays China. By Steve Douglas. SENT: 450 words, photos.

-- Also:

-- SOCHI, Russia -- OLY--HKW-Japan-Germany. SENT: 130 words, photos.

-- SOCHI, Russia -- OLY--HKW-Russia-Finland. SENT: 130 words, photos.

FEATURES:

OLY--FIG--WOMEN'S SHORT PROGRAM

SOCHI, Russia -- Yuna Kim calls the Vancouver Olympics "my time." The 2010 gold medalist says she was better four years ago, but she still may be good enough to repeat. By Rachel Cohen. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 11 a.m. EST, 1600 GMT.

-- With:

-- OLY-FIG--Canadians-Coach. By Barry Wilner. SENT: 550 words, photos.

OLY--HKO-QUIET CROSBY

SOCHI, Russia -- Sidney Crosby's goalless performance so far in Sochi is the subject of much hand-wringing in Canada. Coach Mike Babcock thinks it's all foolishness, saying his captain must be judged by the Canadians' finish, not his point total. By Greg Beacham. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by noon EST, 1700 GMT.

OLY--BOB-LANGTON'S MEDAL

KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia -- Steve Langton now has an Olympic medal. He wasn't in the USA-1 bobsled that prevailed at Vancouver four years ago, but pushed Steven Holcomb to the two-man bronze in Sochi. He now has a shot at doubling up in the four-man competition this weekend. By Tim Reynolds. SENT: 600 words, photos.

OLY--BOB-SLOW GERMANS

KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia -- Germany is not enjoying the way this Olympic bobsled competition has started. Comparing their sleds to junk cars, the Germans finished eighth in two-man bobsledding, and this is not how they envisioned the Sochi Games going. By Tom Withers. SENT: 500 words, photos.

OLY--HKW-WOMEN'S FUTURE

SOCHI, Russia -- Women's hockey has long been dominated by the U.S. and Canada, who play for the gold medal Thursday night for the fourth time in five Winter Games. But the head of the sport's international body says the game is here to stay in the Olympics despite the one-sidedness of play. By Jimmy Golen. SENT 750 words, photos.

OLY--JUM-SKI JUMPING

KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia -- The men ski jumpers were always going to be overshadowed by the women in Sochi. After all, the women were making their debut. But other story lines emerged. One of them is Poland's Kamil Stoch, who won the normal and individual hill. By Dennis Passa. SENT: 700 words, photos.

OLY--JUM-JAPAN-TEARFUL

KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia -- In January, he spent two weeks in the hospital with a life-threatening blood disorder. Less than a month later, he was a bronze medalist at the Sochi Games. It's been quite a turnaround for Japanese ski jumper Taku Takeuchi. By Dennis Passa. SENT: 400 words, photos.

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