News

FAST FACTS: 5 things to know about the Olympics today

FAST FACTS: 5 things to know about the Olympics today

GOING FOR GOLD: Women's supercombined bronze medalist United States' Julia Mancuso, right, and Germany's gold medalist Maria Hoefl-Riesch, left, carry their national flags at a flower ceremony at the Alpine ski venue at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, Monday, Feb. 10, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. Photo: Associated Press/Charlie Riedel

SOCHI, Russia (AP) — Fast five, Monday edition: Things you’ll want to know about the 2014 Winter Olympics.

KRAMER MAY SKIP SHORT RACE: Dutch speedskating star Sven Kramer says he’ll likely skip a 1,500-meter to focus on a 10,000-meter race he lost in embarrassing fashion four years ago when he moved into a wrong lane. Kramer, who already won the 5,000 during the opening weekend of the Olympics, says the shorter distance would “likely” be too much of a distraction during his preparation for the longer race on Feb. 18.

FILLING EMPTY SEATS: Organizers for the Sochi Games are using volunteers to fill the many empty seats at some of the less popular events. Spokeswoman Alexandra Kosterina says some volunteers enrolled in a motivation program are offered tickets to see competition after hours. Events like figure skating have been packed, but others like biathlon have been half-empty. London organizers used volunteers and troops to help fill venues in 2012.

RUSSIA STORMS AHEAD: It took an extra day, but Russia is starting to get results in its home games. The host nation was the top medal mover on the second day of medal competitions, with four medals in eight contests. It had five more shots at medals on Monday.

NORWAY REPRIMANDED: The International Olympic Committee is reprimanding athletes for wearing items commemorating the dead. Spokesman Mark Adams says the IOC sent a letter to the Norwegian Olympic Committee after its women’s cross-country skiers wore black armbands on Saturday in honor of a teammate’s brother, who died on the eve of the Sochi Games. Adams says athletes should find “a better place” to express their grief.

SKI JUMP TRAINING CANCELED: Most of the contenders in the normal hill ski jumping competition took the day off Monday, skipping training session because the weather was too hot. Temperatures of up to 15 Celsius (59 Fahrenheit) and sunny skies softened the snow in the landing area at the RusSki Gorki Jumping Center, forcing organizers to cancel the first jump and postpone the second of three jumps.

Recent Headlines

in Entertainment

Daughter reveals Joan Rivers is still on life support

Comedian Joan Rivers arrives for the premiere of the documentary "Joan Rivers - A Piece Of Work" during the 2010 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah January 25, 2010.

Comedian Joan Rivers remains on life support after being hospitalized in serious condition due to cardiac arrest.

in Music

Paul McCartney urges Scots to shun independence

Sir Paul McCartney performs with his band during the "Out There" Tour at the Times Union Center on Saturday, July 5, 2014, in Albany, N.Y.

Paul McCartney has signed an open letter to Scottish voters urging them to choose 'No' in a crucial poll over plans for the nation to break away from the rest of the U.K.

in Lifestyle

Pistachios may help reduce diabetes risk

Pistachios are seen after sorting at a processing factory in Rafsanjan, 1,000 kilometers southeast of Tehran September 23, 2008.

For people who may be headed for type 2 diabetes, regularly eating pistachios might help turn the tide.

in Lifestyle

Triathlons popular with middle-aged athletes

Runners and bikers compete in the 34th annual Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon in San Francisco, California June 1, 2014.

Triathlons, the swim-bike-run races of varying lengths, are scaling the bucket lists of many middle-aged athletes.

in Sports

Indianapolis Colts owner pleads guilty to intoxicated driving

James Irsay, owner of the NFL's Indianapolis Colts, is pictured in this undated handout photo obtained by Reuters March 17, 2014.

Billionaire James Irsay, owner of the Indianapolis Colts, was arrested in March after failing roadside field-sobriety tests.

Bellingham Traffic