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(Eds: With AP Photos.) By JOHN LEICESTER AP Sports Columnist Perhaps the most under-worked journalists at the opening and closing ceremonies of the Beijing Olympics were those tasked with spotting any protests by athletes. Since Usain Bolt, Michael Phelps and their fellow, far less famous Olympians didn't yell ''Free political prisoners!'' or wave Tibetan flags, the reporters had little or no meat for stories. Next February at the Sochi Games, protest-watch reporters should be free to hit the bars early, too. As in Beijing in 2008, chances are slim-to-nil that significant numbers of winter Olympians will kick up a big fuss against Russia's assaults on gays and their freedoms. Not necessarily that athletes don't care. Two Swedish athletes showed they care by painting their fingernails in gay-pride rainbow colors at track and field's world championships in Moscow this month. But the Olympics, by design, aren't an easy or even a wise place for athletes with a conscience to make poli...
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