The dinner is a Washington tradition. The Gridiron

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The dinner is a Washington tradition. The Gridiron

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SAPPORO, Japan, Feb. 20 (Xinhua) -- China's first ever Olympic speed skating champion Zhang Hong failed to win the women's 1,000m gold here on Monday at the Asian Winter Games.


Zhang, 28, clocked one minute and 15.75 seconds to finish third in the final, while Japan's Nao Kodairo, who had won all six World Cup events this season in the 500m, claimed the gold in an Asian record time of 1:15.19. Minho Takagi of Japan came second in 1:15.31.


"I don't want to find any excuse for myself," said Zhang, who won China's first ever speed skating Olympic gold at Sochi 2014 in her first Olympic Games with a time of 1:14.02.


"I have been out of form in the whole season, but I had expected a better finish," she said. "I really wanted to win, and I felt so depressed at the medal ceremony. But I think I still have a year, and I can win it back at the Olympic Games next year."


Zhang will compete in the 500m and 1,500m on Tuesday.


"I will try my best tomorrow," she said. "I will adjust myself to the best level, mentally. Physically I am a little tired, but I think it is normal.


"Actually I was 1.5 seconds slower than Kodairo at the World Championships a week ago, but today I was only a half second shy. I can be always at the peak, so I accept the result today, and I hope I can be better in the future," she said.


Kodaira claimed the women's 1,000m silver medal at the ISU's World Single Distances Speed Skating Championships, adding to her first world gold medal in the 500m. Zhang took seventh.


"There were no European skaters here today but I was focused on maintaining the same level of motivation. I was able to keep going till the end," said Kodaira, who will also compete in the 500m on Tuesday.


"I think we will have the 1,000m first next year at the Olympics too, so there are things I can learn here, and I'm looking forward to it," she said.


WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump has declared that the media are the "enemy of the people Cheap Jerseys From China ," but his administration is willing to joke around with reporters — and poke fun at itself — in a venerable Washington tradition.


Vice President Mike Pence was the featured speaker Saturday night at the 132nd annual Gridiron Dinner, a comedic white-tie affair featuring skits, songs and speeches. He called the dinner "a light-hearted respite" from bruising beltway politics and dished out a number of jokes, including a dig at the Best Picture snafu at least week's Academy Awards.

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Trump did not attend the dinner, instead spending the weekend at his coastal Florida estate. For more than a century, every president has spoken at the dinner at least once.


But while most of Pence's remarks were self-deprecating Cheap Discount Jerseys , he also chastised reporters over what he considered unfair news coverage, seeming to channel his boss, the media critic in chief, by saying "we all just have to do better."


Most of the night Cheap Jerseys , though, was good-humored with jabs at Hillary Clinton, White House leaks and the lingering question of Russian influence in the election.


House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, who was the featured Democratic speaker Chicago Cubs Youth Jersey , belted out "don't take my Medicare away" during a skit on the main stage. Standing just a few feet away from Pence, she noted that "this president has appointed so many people from Goldman Sachs to his Cabinet that there's no one left there to listen to Hillary's speeches."


"Does the president know you're here laughing with the enemies of the people?" Pelosi asked. "It's OK, Mr. Vice President. People here can keep a secret ... unlike at the White House."


And she said she was sorry Trump and his wife couldn't be there but offered a greeting to the first family — in Russian.


Iowa Sen. Joni Ernst, who gave the Republican address Arizona Diamondbacks Youth Jersey , said her goal was simple: "to make this speech shorter than Mike Flynn's time at the NSA." She also noted that Pence was "one heartbeat away from being the second most-powerful person in the country" — behind White House chief strategist Steve Bannon.


Among the Washington bold-faced names in attendance were former Secretary of State Colin Powell, White House counselor Kellyanne Conway and the subject of many jokes, White House press secretary Sean Spicer.


The dinner is a Washington tradition. The Gridiron Club was founded in 1885, just after the election of Grover Cleveland. He never attended a dinner Atlanta Braves Youth Jersey , but every president since has been at least once.


Fifteen journalists formed the club and instituted the formal dinner, in modern times held every year at a downtown Washington hotel in a setting less glitzy and celebrity-studded than its more famous cousin, the White House Correspondents' Dinner. Trump has said he will not attend that dinner this year either.


President Barack Obama attended the dinner three times while in office. George W. Bush made it six out of eight years while in office.




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