AP to draw on its Russia expertise in covering Sochi Olympics

Jan. 30, 2014
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The Olympic torch is tested before the start of the 2014 Winter Olympics in the Olympic Park, Monday, Jan. 27, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Associated Press journalists from around the world are converging on the coastal city of Sochi, Russia, to cover the trials, triumphs and spectacle of the Winter Olympics alongside their colleagues from AP’s Moscow bureau and other AP experts on Russian affairs.

AP will report on the action from the slopes to the skating rinks, while drawing on its deep knowledge of the region to put the games in political and social context. There will be reporters assigned to cover security, logistics, human rights issues that may arise and Sochi itself.

The AP sports team will be joined in Sochi by such veteran journalists as Russia News Director Caro Kriel and Washington-based reporter Steven R. Hurst, a former Moscow bureau chief. AP has had a presence in Russia since 1900.

“The eyes of the world will be on Russia and AP is uniquely positioned to capture every aspect of these historic games,” said Michael Giarrusso, AP’s global sports editor.

The AP is focused on providing an array of mobile-friendly content in text, photos, videos and interactives for use on tablets and smartphones. 

Via a feature called “Sochi Scene” AP will deliver frequently updated briefs, as well as photos and videos,  from the Olympic venues, the local scene and the athletes’ hometowns.

AP will also compile “5 Things to Know” about the Olympics twice daily and packages of buzz-worthy photos of the day’s action that readers may have missed.

To help with spellings and usage in coverage of the Sochi Winter Olympics, AP has put together an editorial style guide of essential terms, spellings and definitions. 

To keep in step with Olympic competition, download the AP Mobile news app for iOS or Android, or view the AP Winter Games microsite, which has been embedded on hundreds of websites of AP member newspapers and broadcasters.  The microsite features the latest news, as well as photo galleries, interactive quizzes, medal counts, schedules of events, embeddable widgets and more.  

For social media updates, follow this list of AP journalists who will be tweeting from and about the games, or like AP Sports on Facebook. Exclusive photos from the games are available via AP Images



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