The US First Family continued with their holiday traditions on Friday as they welcomed the White House Christmas Tree.
The 20-foot white fir coach madison satchel small , from a Pennsylvania tree farm coach poppy mini satchel , arrived in a horse-drawn wagon coach legacy mini satchel , and was met by First Lady Michelle Obama coach madison hobo black , daughters Sasha and Malia coach legacy courtenay hobo bag , and the family's two dogs coach holiday patchwork crossbody , Bo and Sunny.
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VANCOUVER， July 30 (Xinhua) -- Canadians have a reputation for being tough people， and the toughest of all Canadians tend to be lumberjacks.
Located about 70 km north of Vancouver on Canada's West Coast， lumberjacks gathered on Saturday for the 59th annual Squamish Days Logger Sports to test their stamina， speed and strength.
The spectacle may look strange to some， but logging has been part of the fabric of West Coast Canadian culture and commerce for the past century or so.
Amy Fast， Loggers Sports spokeswoman， told Xinhua that logging is part of their heritage here in Squamish.
"We were kind of founded as a logging town and though that industry has slowed a little bit in the area， we're starting to see a resurgence of it here， and we like to keep the spirit of that history alive，" she said.
Rarely do people use a hand saw any more when working as a logger， as chainsaws and heavy machines do a lot of the hard work in the woods these days. However， many lumberjacks still enjoy using their hands and testing their brains and brawn like the lumberjacks in the old days.
"It's a sport that's based on a skill that you had to have to do the job. So as far back as the 1800s when they were logging here in the coastal forests， they would have to take an axe and a saw with them to chop down the trees. They weren't using chainsaws， so it's really interesting to see those old skills being practised and used today."
In the speed climb， competitors wearing spikes and straps race up the trees as fast as they can， ringing the bell at the top. The first to return to the bottom is the winner.
The competition attracts about 100 lumberjacks from around the region and the country. Loggers from as far as the United States， Australia and Norway also come to compete here.
RIO DE JANEIRO， Aug. 16 (Xinhua) -- Christian Taylor of the United States successfully defended his Olympic triple jump title on Tuesday， defeating his rivals with a season's best leap at the Rio Games.
Taylor， who is also the world champion， cleared 17.86 meters with his first jump at the Olympic Stadium， beating compatriot Will Claye by 10 centimeters.
China's Dong Bin took bronze with a best effort of 17.58m.
"The job is done，" Taylor said. "I never thought on my first jump that would be the gold medal.
"I wanted it so much. It came together， the stars aligned."
The 26-year-old's task was made easier by the absence of Cuba's Pedro Pablo Pichardo， who was second in the event at last year's world championships in Beijing.
Pichardo withdrew from the Rio Games because of an ankle injury.
SHANGHAI， May 14 (Xinhua) -- Beijing worlds fourth-place finisher Gao Xinglong lept to the victory of men's long jump at Shanghai Diamond League on Saturday while Justin Gatlin raced to a winning start of his Diamond season.
The men's long jump was one of the highlights as the 22-year-old Gao secured the host's only title at this meeting in his second attempt with 8.14 meters while South African Rushwal Samaai grabbed silver， also in 8.14m， leaving Australian Fabrice Lapierre to the third place in 8.09m.
"I have been suffering from a foot injury so I am satisfied with the result，" said Gao. "I looked at this meeting as a training session."
Wang Jianan， who was two days short of his 19th birthday when he bagged a bronze in Beijing World Championships last year， missed podium after coming 5th in 7.96m. Zhang Yaoguang was 6th and Huang Changzhou， the 21-year-old who won world indoor bronze in Portland， was 7th.
In another much anticipated race， last year's Diamond League winner Gatlin stormed to win in men's 100m.
The Beijing World Championships 100m and 200m silver medalist returned to China to lift the title in 9.94 seconds. Asian record holder Femi Ogunode came second in 10.07. The Qatari equalled the his own Asian record of 9.91 last month to lead the world standings. Michael Rodgers was third in 10.10.
The most dramatic event tonight， however， was the men's 110m hurdles where two false starts caused Orlando Ortega of Spain and American Aries Merritt to be disqualified.
The disqualification ruined Merritt's potential emotional return to China following a kidney transplant operation he had shortly after the Beijing World Championships last summer. He had a second surgery seven weeks later due to a complication.
Merrit protested before Jamaican Omar McLeod created this year's best time of 12.98 to win. Last year's worlds finalist Su Bingtian and his Chinese teammate Zhang Peimeng did not show up in the race while Xie Zhenye finished 8th and Mo Youxue， who missed the starting signal， came last and pulled his thigh muscle.