SOCHI SCENE: Smell the roses

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SOCHI, Russia (AP) -- International Olympic Committee spokesman Mark Adams and Sochi 2014 spokeswoman Aleksandra Kosterina have been through the grind of 15 daily briefings with reporters during the games.

The hot-button issues raised by the media ran the gamut from complaints about hotels to questions about stray dogs, gay rights, political corruption and Pussy Riot. It's been long. It's been grueling at times. And on Saturday, one day before the closing ceremony, Adams presented Kosterina with a parting gift for teaming up with him every day for more than two weeks.

Shortly before the daily briefing concluded, Adams stopped the proceedings and pulled a large bouquet of red roses out from under his seat and presented them to Kosterina.

"I would like to say thank you to Aleksandra," Adams said.

Kosterina was clearly caught off guard and very appreciative.

"Thank you. I have a few statistics but I don't have a present for you," she said before giving her daily update on tickets sold and the number of spectators in Olympic Park.

-- By Jon Krawczynski -- Twitter http://twitter.com/APKrawczynski

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