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Olympic Update
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POSTED: Wednesday, February 24, 2010 - 12:08am

UPDATED: Tuesday, March 23, 2010 - 12:43pm

Winter Games Enter Final Week

Figure skating results and more.

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) - World champion Kim Yu-na has
set a world best in routing a strong field in the women's short
program at the Vancouver Olympics.

Seeking South Korea's first figure skating medal, Kim has earned
78.50 points, giving her a huge 4.72-point edge over her chief
rival, Japan's Mao Asada.

Canada's Joannie Rochette's brave, heart-wrenching performance
two days after her mother died has her in third place heading into
Thursday's free skate, 2.52 points in back of Asada.

Japan's Miki Ando is fourth, followed by Americans Rachael Flatt
and Mirai Nagasu.

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WHISTLER, British Columbia (AP) - Bad weather has returned just
in time for the final Alpine skiing of the Vancouver Olympics.

Organizers worry that thick fog limiting visibility to 100 yards
could create problems for the women's giant slalom Wednesday.

One to two inches of snow is expected overnight, stopping before
sunrise. Fog is to follow Wednesday morning, with more wet snow in
the afternoon.

Women's race director Atle Skaardal says the race could be
delayed from its 10 a.m. start to the afternoon.

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VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) - Russian general manager
Vladislav Tretiak says Sergei Zinovyev will play in the hockey
quarterfinals.

The forward practiced Tuesday, two days after injuring his left
leg.

Russia will play Canada on Wednesday, and Tretiak says
goaltender Evgeni Nabokov will start.

Zinovyev didn't play in the third period of Sunday's win over
the Czech Republic.

He was hurt when Olympic and club teammate Alexander Radulov
boarded an opponent, bending his left leg. That same leg needed
surgery after the 2008 world championships.

Zinovyev has two points in three games at the Vancouver
Olympics.

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BERLIN (AP) - The designer of the crash-plagued Whistler Sliding
Center track said there was never any pressure from Olympic
organizers to make the circuit as fast as possible.

"No, not at all, in no shape or form," veteran track designer
Ugo Gurgel said in a telephone interview Tuesday with The
Associated Press.

Georgian luger Nodar Kumaritashvili was killed when his sled
flew off the track at speeds nearing 90 mph during a training run
just hours before the Olympic flame was lit. After an investigation
by local authorities, officials of the Vancouver Organizing
Committee and International Luge Federation blamed the fatal crash
on human error.

Asked whether the course was too fast, Gurgel replied: "It is
fast. As I have said before, if fast means dangerous, then yes."

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WHISTLER, British Columbia (AP) - Content with her two silver
medals, Julia Mancuso has decided not to enter the Olympic slalom.

Mancuso related to The Associated Press that she had already
told the U.S. Ski Team coaches of her decision for Friday's race.

Mancuso opened the Vancouver Games by finishing second to
teammate Lindsey Vonn in the downhill, then finished behind gold
medalist Maria Riesch in the super-combined.

Mancuso still has one race remaining, Wednesday's giant slalom,
which she enters as defending champion.

Slalom is Mancuso's worst event, but she was ninth-fastest in
the slalom leg of the super-combined.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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