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5 things to know about the Sochi Olympics

U.S. Speedskating Under Pressure

SOCHI, Russia (AP) - Fast Five, Friday edition: Five things you'll want to know about the 2014 Winter Olympics.


PLUSHENKO TAKING HEAT: Russian figure skating star Evgeni Plushenko is taking criticism in his home country for dropping out of the men's figure skating competition with injury after complaining of severe spinal pain during warmups before the short program. He was the only male Russian figure skater in a competition that awards its medals Friday night.


TICKET MILESTONE: Organizers say they have now sold more than 1 million tickets for the Sochi Games. They have also had more than 500,000 visitors to Olympic Park, including a Sochi record 106,000 on Thursday when the Russian men's hockey team debuted.


SPEEDSKATING SUITS: The U.S. speedskating team is looking into concerns that its new high-tech skinsuit may be partly to blame for a miserable performance in the first week of the Sochi Olympics. After a strong season on the World Cup circuit, no U.S. skater has finished higher than seventh through six of 12 Olympic events. Some wonder if the Under Armour suit is actually a drag on performance.


INJURED WORKER: Olympic organizers say a Russian ice worker struck by a speeding bobsled was conscious and in stable condition Friday after undergoing surgery on two broken legs. IOC and Sochi officials say they are still investigating why the worker was on the track and didn't hear the warning signals about the sled approaching. The sled - sent down the track to make sure conditions were suitable for two-man training - crashed into the worker Thursday near the finish line at the Sanki Sliding Center.


MEDAL MOVERS: China won its first two golds of the Sochi Games on Thursday, joining the United States as the biggest medal movers on the sixth day of title competition. Germany led the medal count after 38 events with 10 total medals - seven golds. Six title competitions were set for Friday.

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dilacarver4christ February 14 2014 at 11:55 AM

I really liked Plushenko. I guess it was more healthy for him. God heal Plushenko's back

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reginatorw February 14 2014 at 10:40 AM

Please note, Olympics are the gathering of athletes of all nations and should be enjoyed as such. The constant dulling hum by those who nationalize these events is weak at best.

Here in the US, most events that are shown on NBC are of American athletes that sponsors have identified as possible cereal box covers, soap ads and beer consumers rather than viewing all sports and all nations, we've been subjected to what NBC wants us to watch based upon who their sponsors want us to watch.

Let's celebrate sport and athletes of the world and remember the lines are only on the maps.

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b19821 reginatorw February 14 2014 at 11:39 AM

Watch on Canadien television if possible. The coverage is so much better. Good luck!

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bbesser502 February 14 2014 at 1:55 PM

The U.S. shouldn't be trying new suits for the speed skaters at the Olympics. Apparently, they didn't pre-test them in prior competitions.

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tlstroud11 February 14 2014 at 1:57 PM

What drug(s) is rtheryoung on. We are a society that is based on hard work and effort - the harder you work, then generally the more success one should achieve. Do you honestly think it is fair to pay someone with a PHD the same as someone who dropped out of high school. I am so tired of this liberal bias to make everything equal. It is never going to be that way no matter how hard people like to try. GET REAL!

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schaitin33 February 14 2014 at 11:45 AM

There areno amatures in the Olympics.

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Shnookums February 14 2014 at 10:02 AM

Evgeni, you are the Dude, the Dudarino, the Dudawski, the Dudadoone....in short, the man who done the heroic feat for the Olympic art of skating as well as his country. But then the body said, "we can go no further!" Bravo for pushing the Olympic ideal to its utmost limit as exemplified by the ancient Greeks. And that everybody, is what it's all about. Before the start of any Olympics we should all be reintroduced to the meaning of what those first Greek City States Olympic games were all about. And as far as bad polyester racing suits, I've got this to say, firstly good old polyester helped John Travolta knock it out of the ball park in Saturday Night Fever...yeah, y'all check it out, 80's and 90's babies...that's how we, grandpas did it in the 70's with that first generation moisture wicking, chick hustling, dance grooving fabric. And as far as blaming textiles on personal performance then what comes to mind is an old Russian folk saying, '"to a bad dancer his own legs cause interference." We Americans are superb/great at something and not so much at other things...Sooooo, is that reason to be sour grapes when we don't win at everything? It's nothing but pure joy to see the Dutch kick arse in speed skating, the Germans turn the bobsled event into ice Autobahn and those loud mouth never hear nothing from Norwegians quietly give the whole world a classy lesson on what Viking mojo is all about! And what about the biathlon women..? Chicks on cross country skis with guns shooting targets...Whaaaat!!!! Whew!!? Now lets see what the stars and stripes will do in hockey? Hmmm? Hope we won't blame ice, hockey puck, hockey stick, earth, sky, moon or some bystander named Ivan.

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sunu14 February 14 2014 at 9:59 AM

WILDKAT, I agree 100 percent with you. Not only are spinal injuries excruciatingly painful but the dangers he faces every time he gets on the ice are major and possibly life changing. He has more than earned his retirement. I say the Russian people should be celebrating him now just like they did when he was on the ice for them.

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donnovak February 14 2014 at 9:57 AM

I believe that the famous Russian put his health, his familtybefore a gold medal, I believe he yried and his bod said no. Let the man alone.

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itsjbagby February 14 2014 at 2:27 PM

Who gives a ****

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bchlfe February 14 2014 at 9:54 AM

The suits? Come on.

What's next the ice was too soft?

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