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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Brandon February 14 2014 at 4:49 PM

All the video's I've seen all look like talk show's haven't seen any real sports coverages yet hope some one made some cell phone records and post then on youtube all boring.

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Ginger February 14 2014 at 4:44 PM

Appreciate all the events covered on TV.Especially nice to record and play later so one can fast forward to all those pesky commercials. Ginger in So.Califl.

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patmoulis February 14 2014 at 4:43 PM

boring boring boring so repetitive no real excitement.

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Thomas W Rich February 14 2014 at 3:59 PM

The best team at that time wins!!!!!!!!

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CREEPER February 14 2014 at 3:54 PM

Hey Speedskaters. If you an Issue. Grab a Tissue

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jaywpb February 14 2014 at 3:26 PM

Seems that many Americans who should have won, didn't. And the whinning as to whay they didn't is soooooooo boring and reflective of a lack of character. Step up and say I wasn't as good as the winner was today.

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Rob February 14 2014 at 3:14 PM

Maybe next they need to forge steel from the core of the earth for better skates.

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jpoc818 February 14 2014 at 3:13 PM

Unfair that Plushenko should take heat for dropping out of the competition - Spinal issues are not to be taken lightly. He deserves credit for his accomplishments not criticism....

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Frank February 14 2014 at 3:13 PM

The media coverage of the games is so negative it's becoming a bore.

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Douglas February 14 2014 at 3:04 PM

Speedskating suits my butt.... American skaters are just not fast enough!!!

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hattie54 February 14 2014 at 8:22 PM

The ones expected to medal were world champions last winter and 2 with world records that still stand.

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