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5 things to know about the Sochi Olympics

2014 Winter Olympics: Figure Skating Wrap-Up


SOCHI, Russia (AP) - Fast five, Friday edition: five things to know about the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.

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MEN'S HOCKEY SHOWDOWN: One day after the Canadians beat the Americans in a thrilling gold medal game in women's hockey, the men from both hockey powers square off in a semifinal. It's a rematch of the gold medal game in Vancouver in which the hometown Canadians beat the Americans on an overtime goal from Sidney Crosby. Team USA captain Zach Parise says they aren't looking for revenge, just a victory that would give them another crack at the gold.

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GERMAN DOPING: An unidentified German athlete has failed a drug test in the first announced doping case of the Sochi Olympics. The German Olympic Committee said Friday it was notified by the IOC late Thursday that one of its athletes had tested positive on an "A'' sample. The backup "B'' sample will be analyzed Friday, the German committee said. The Germans did not name the athlete, the sport or the substance involved. Any athlete found guilty of a doping violation faces disqualification and removal of results and medals.

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KIM FANS REACT: South Koreans still love Yuna Kim, known as the "Queen" in her home country. The judges, however? Not so much. Most South Korean newspaper front pages Friday focused on Kim's silver medal performance over other news items, like tearful reunions of war-divided families from the Koreas. The result left many South Koreans furious over what they saw as questionable judging

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IOC LAUGHS WOLF: Olympic organizers laughed off the prank by a U.S. luger involving a wolf supposedly prowling the athletes' village, and they said Friday that no disciplinary action is being taken. American talk-show host Jimmy Kimmel said Thursday he cooperated with luger Kate Hansen to post a fake video of a wolf wandering the hall outside the athlete's room in Sochi.

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MEDAL MOVERS: A French sweep in men's freestyle ski cross plus a silver in the women's halfpipe in the same sport made France the biggest medal mover of the day for Thursday, moving to ninth in the medal standings after 81 events. Norway kept its position atop the medal standings with 10 golds and 21 total medals as Friday's competition began.

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bsleczkowski February 21 2014 at 11:52 AM

As someone who has been involved with the US Skating Program for 25 years plus, I have seen questionable results in competitions. Everyone is talking about the Long Program, but the actual problem can be found in the short program scores and placements. There were programs that were underscored and programs that were veyr generous, especially when there were mistakes made in the program. As in the past, the presentation scores, the component scores today can add to questionable markings. The short program can greatly define the eventual outcome with this scoring system. Who has to be identified are the techincal consultants, the judges and how they write up their protocols (placements and scores on each element). Adelina won because of her short program points, which were very generous. There were skaters who skated better or equally the same but were scored lower. Not all the skaters were judged equally, in fact, the judges marked their performance by their groupings. You will always see the final group in the short program receive higher marks than those who are in earlier groups. If Yuna herself has skated in the last grouping, even though she we was placed first, her marks would have been higher than what she did receive. I do not know how to resolve the issue becuase it is a suggestive sport. Maybe, instead of giving marks after each performance, the skaters be ranked when the competition is complete and all perfomances are done. This way the judges could discuss among themselves and then post the rankings. Living in a instant gratification society, this suggestion may not fly, but it may be fairer.

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nmarsh1073 February 21 2014 at 12:14 PM

Sotnikova tried very hard. Her head was down most of her performance, and she bulled her way through most of it. She looked like she was trying out for the Seattle Seahawks defensive line backer. She even stumbled during her performance. Kim however looked like a ballerina and moved flawlessly through her performance -- no stumbles. She looked like a figure skater should look. The performance in women's figure skating looks for performance and grace. We do not need a football player for the holder of gold in women's figure skating. Sotnikova should enjoy her medal, because she will never win any medal outside of Russia. And, she should thank Mr. Putin for all of his $ support.

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loni February 21 2014 at 9:52 AM

I saw the skating and do know the reasons they were judged as they were, the seems to be politics in every part of our lives.

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mankindstouch February 21 2014 at 2:56 PM

It is not a real big surprise that The Russians are low life cheats.....Putin influences everything out of fear....he needs to be taken out...

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BarB mankindstouch February 22 2014 at 1:51 AM

AND PUTIN HAD THE NERVE TO SAY USA CHEATED....HE GETS AWAY WITH IT ALSO

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Jewelry Queen February 21 2014 at 9:38 AM

KIm Yum should have gotten the gold, not that russian girl... the judges were all russian so they gave it to their own kind... sadly it did not go to a japanese girl or to an american.... but wait there is always the next time its held in japan and that russian girl who got it this time will not get it next time... a tooth for a tooth so to speak and eye for an eye

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vigoddess February 21 2014 at 5:39 PM

There's no doubt that the Russian and the Korean skaters
are so highly skilled, they can axle their way into a comet,
but the artistry and creative Italian won it hands down as
being the only one who actually danced to the music.
It became an axle competition between the Russian
and the Korean, and most of the skaters, rather than
true artists performing a creation. The music became
secondary to the skills of technics for some skaters
didn't even listen to this artistic support, while offering
technic skills rather than creation. She did it all and
why she deserved the top honors as a true Olympian
champion. She danced a romantic story by creating
it - not offering a dozen axles as a work of art.

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Pearl February 21 2014 at 9:52 PM

YES, THE GOLD MEDAL WENT TO THE WRONG PERSON. A JUMPING WHIRLWIND DOES NOT A SKATER MAKE, SHE WAS WITHOUT POISE, FEELING OR A MUSICAL BEAT, SHE WAS A ROBOT, AND I, AM AN AMERICAN SAYING THAT, THE GOLD MEDAl WAS EARNED BY YUNA KIM. YUNA'S SHORT PROGRAM, BRING IN THE CLOWNS BROUGHT TEARS TO MY EYES., LET ALONE THE COMBINED MAGNIFICENT FINAL PERFORMANCE.

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mommarose1442 February 21 2014 at 9:03 AM

yuno kim should have won whata rip off.

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JoAnn February 21 2014 at 11:49 AM

it is troubling when olympic judges are questionable....especially in the host country.....hmmmm a Russian skater that fell and had other problems being in 2nd place while other country skaters that fell was given less points....it is questionable.....questionable

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sateagle February 21 2014 at 9:40 AM

Yuna Kim should have won Gold if it was held any where else she would have !!!!!!!!

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