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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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BarB February 22 2014 at 1:49 AM

MEN'S GOLD MEDAL WAS A TOTAL JOKE...HE FELL TWICE AT LEAST...AND HE WAS THEIR BEST...THE SILVER FELL ALSO....DIDN'T KNOW THAT WAS AN ELEMENT...I MUST HAVE MISSED THAT PART

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BarB February 22 2014 at 1:50 AM

I MEANT IN THE ICE SKATING.....SORRY FOR NOT PUTTING THAT IN MY POST ABOVE

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Pearl February 21 2014 at 9:58 PM

SPEAKING OF FIXES, DOES ANYONE BESIDES MYSELF, THINK THAT IT IS ODD, THAT 20 SKATING MEDALS OUT OF 30 GO TO THE SAME TEAM, THE NED. SOMETHING IS NOT RIGHT THERE, IS IT THE AIR, OR WHAT? OR DOPING.

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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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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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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 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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vigoddess February 21 2014 at 2:26 PM

The Italian gal really won the gold.
Though the Russian and the Korean without
a doubt are technically skilled and did a great
job. They both lacked artistry and connection
with the music. Most of the skaters separated
themselves from the music but the Italian
made her skating on ice a work of art in
bringing it together as one.
Triple axels show skill, form but it's not
creation.

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Auntie's Mail February 21 2014 at 1:21 PM

I question & challenge the Ladies Ice Skating gold medal being awarded to Russian skater Adelina Sotnikava & not to Yuna Kim of Japan. Yes, Sotnikava had 1 more jump than Kim but she also made a mistake & Kim skated flawlessly without any mistakes. Yuna Kim deserved the gold medal & I'm not happy she wasn't awarded the gold ): For what it's worth, I signed the petition challenging the Judges decision.

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Douglass February 21 2014 at 1:29 PM

Yuna Kim is from South Korea, not Japan.

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KAHUNA717 February 21 2014 at 12:59 PM

Ridiculous! Yuna Kim won that event hands down! Typical Russian Robbery!

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majiemao February 21 2014 at 12:59 PM

Kim got robbed by Russian fixing, but that's not surprise in Russia, lucky its harder to cheat in games like Hockey.

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handsome devil ! February 21 2014 at 4:40 PM

figure skating has been fixed since the 1950s, back then it was called "block voting".

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rcpaf83 February 21 2014 at 12:46 PM

Kim got the short end from the judges !!! But Russian judges have always had a problem being fair and honest.... Remember when they used to show us how each judge voted ??? No more .... Kim skated perfectly and the Ruski stumbled.. That's why I don't like "objective" scoring... I like points on a scoreboard and a time clock for speed...

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