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2014 Winter Olympics: Day 13 Wrap-up


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

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PUSSY RIOT LEAVES: Russian punk band Pussy Riot on Thursday ended their stay in Sochi by posting a video criticizing the Winter Games and President Vladimir Putin. The band had violent run-ins with authorities since arriving on Sunday. Band members say they are returning to Moscow to attend the verdicts in a trial of 20 people arrested after clashes on the eve of Putin's inauguration to a third term in 2012.

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UKRAINIAN WITHDRAWS: Ukrainian skier Bogdana Matsotska has withdrawn from the Sochi Games in response to the violence in her country. Her father and coach says he and his daughter are "extremely angry at President Viktor Yanukovych" after a clash between anti-government protesters and police ended with 25 people dead and hundreds injured.

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WOMEN'S HOCKEY SHOWDOWN: The game everyone knew was coming is finally here. The Canadians and the Americans play for the gold medal in women's hockey on Thursday in a matchup of the two dominant powers in the sport. It's the fourth time in five Winter Games they've met for the Olympic championship.

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AMERICAN NIGHTMARE: Speed Skating - Winter Olympics Day 12 is ripping U.S. Speedskating after a disappointing run for the Americans in Sochi. Lamb, who finished last in the women's 5,000 meters, says "Over the last few years, a few of us have raced better in spite of the organization rather than because of it." The U.S. has yet to medal in Sochi.

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MEDAL MOVERS: Norway is back atop the medal standings after winning two golds for the second day in a row - the fourth time it has won two golds in a day during the Sochi Games. Norway's two golds in cross-country skiing and the mixed relay biathlon on Wednesday moved it ahead of Germany in the overall medal standings, with 20 medals total.

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janrho February 20 2014 at 11:05 AM

Why is there not some overseer of these comments to remove all the non related ad

"ads" for business sites???????????????????? Annoying

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Njeanous janrho February 20 2014 at 11:13 AM

janrho agree with you. Information overload caused by intrusive commercials everywhere in our lives.

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muffin Njeanous February 20 2014 at 11:46 AM

Flag them as abusive. Maybe they will get the idea. You can only flag them once a day, so everyone needs to flag them.

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sallysunbury Njeanous February 20 2014 at 12:08 PM

janrho, the only thing I can console you with is that perhaps if the comment were more strictly overseen, they might be blocked by whoever is overseeing them, if they don't agree with what you say. To me, this message board is very open to anybody and does not pick and choose whose post goes up. I don't like the intrusive commercials either, but I will put up with them if free speech is kept on this board.

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muffin janrho February 20 2014 at 11:43 AM

YES. I have tried flagging them as abusive, but they are still be posted. I can only flag them once a day. Maybe if everyone did flag them, they would get the message.

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muffin February 20 2014 at 11:17 AM

NBC is promoting NBC with the Olympics as a sidebar. All the complaints about the coverage are the same as those from 2012. NBC used the Olympics to promote their upcoming Fall season. Remember they interrupted the performance by The Who to give us a sneak peek of the silly show with animals in the emergency room. I know that stupid show lasted maybe 2 weeks. Also showing all the up close and personal bits is ok once in a while. However it does take time away from the actual time to cover a sport. Lastly, I would like some more upbeat music for the Olympics. I am tired of that marching off to war music they use. Oops. One more thing: I hate the way NBC turned an interview with Bodie Miller into an INQUISITION.

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KK muffin February 20 2014 at 12:26 PM

I agree about the Bodie Miller interview. That was so taste less .

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elendil3136 February 20 2014 at 10:57 AM

When the Olympics are over, somebody needs to force an investigation of what has gone wrong with American speed skating. We once dominated this sport. Now, we're a laughingstock. Somebody better find out why.

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muffin elendil3136 February 20 2014 at 11:44 AM

Easy--faster skaters win.

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uncleronumber1 February 20 2014 at 10:49 AM

NBC tv coverage this olympic's has been nothing short of down right "SHITTY"....

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bech5514 February 20 2014 at 10:16 AM

Lamb finishes LAST. It's the US speed skating organizations fault. Am I missing something here?

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whisperhill bech5514 February 20 2014 at 10:23 AM

I think what u may b missing is that our women are as faster or faster than most of the competition but they're not winning. they should at least be in the top 4 or 5. i watched a few runs and saw questionable behavior on the track but didn't see any penalties.....now u figure it out...

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nuttberry whisperhill February 20 2014 at 10:34 AM

Well, they obviously aren't as fast or faster than the competitors otherwise they would be winning! We need to stop making excuses and wise up to the fact that there are better competitors out there. When we become complacent, we wi ll never get better.

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billdavidison February 20 2014 at 12:56 PM

Just curious. How young do you have to be to start jumping off high, high places and do triple head first leaps 4 or 5 times and land on your feet. ? These men and women are impressive. But how do you start doing what they do?

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Marla February 20 2014 at 9:40 AM

Why didn't Dave Barry cover the olympics? Certain aspects are funny all by themselves. Imagine what he could have done with them!

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Steven February 20 2014 at 9:28 AM

Give credit to every athlete, from every nation, male and female, equally, for their lifetime of pushing the limits.

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nuttberry Steven February 20 2014 at 10:38 AM

Exactly, my friend!

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Duncan February 20 2014 at 2:30 PM

I wish the coaches or somebody would instruct the winners to hold their hand over their heart while the National Anthem is played... I realize it is probably an oversight when a gold medal winner forgets, but it should be understood that we all see this and wonder where their head is at the time!

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walkson4@yahoo.com Duncan February 20 2014 at 2:59 PM

I agree totally . It seemed as if they weren't proud of their country. As if , they weren't proud to be representing America . Did you get that feeling ?

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Jay walkson4@yahoo.com February 21 2014 at 6:22 AM

Puttting your hand over your heart means nothing. No other country does it and it has no official meaning.

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macsportsvt Duncan February 21 2014 at 8:52 AM

Interesting! Very nice comment. I try to give it a thumbs up and the AOL/HP highly suspect system claims there are "technical reasons" why I cannot . I try again and they claim "You have alreday rated this comment". Could these swine be trying to rig the system. Hmmm Silly question.

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sallysunbury February 20 2014 at 11:12 AM

I have watched quite a bit of the Olympics for a week now, sometimes during the day, sometimes primetime, sometimes very late, and I HAVE NOT SEEN ONE MEDAL ceremony. When do they show them? Please don't tell me this is some sort of political correctness of not bragging about winning.

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sallysunbury sallysunbury February 20 2014 at 11:17 AM

Nevermind, I found an article about it, and it says, "...Olympic organizers are trying something new, bringing the winners closer to the fans at the Games. The medal ceremonies are now taking place on a preset schedule at the center of the Olympic Park so fans know when they can see their favorites...As for the TV coverage of the ceremonies, NBC says the new schedule has changed what makes it on air.
"We air them when they'€™re relevant, and we feel that they fit best in the coverage," an NBC Olympics spokesman told TODAY.com.

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miolana sallysunbury February 20 2014 at 11:55 AM

I agree. "Something new" sucks! It is an insult to the Olympic Winners who work so long and hard to get there and then to have them and their country not recognized on the podium is an insult... IMO the entire coverage of the games was designed to insult the Host Country and that too is very wrong... This is an international ATHLETIC event and it should not be turned into a political statement...

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