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Countdown to Beijing 2022******
WASHINGTON, Dec. 12 (Xinhua) -- Chinese skier Cai Xuetong kicked off the 2021-22 FIS halfpipe World Cup season in style by claiming victory at the season opener in Colorado, the United States on Sunday.。
Starting out with a picture-perfect backside air, Cai then went with a frontside 900 weddle grab, into a backside 540 weddle, a stylish air-to-fakie melon, and finally capping things off with a cab 900 melon to give her a score of 80.50 for the win.。
Tomita Sena of Japan took second place with 76.00, while her compatriot Castellet Queralt of Spain came third with 70.50. Another Chinese rider Wu Shaotong finished eighth place.。
"I'm really happy," Cai said following the race. "I was really excited about the competition because last year we (the Chinese team) were just training the whole time. So I'm just excited to come back and compete.。
"I'm just taking it one step at a time heading towards Beijing (2022 Olympic Winter Games). I hope I can do well in every competition and head into the Olympics feeling confident."
With the victory, Cai moves into a tie on the all-time FIS Snowboard halfpipe World Cup wins list - just two wins back of the 15 currently held by Tricia Byrnes of the USA - while extending her lead on the all-time podiums rankings with her 28th World Cup top-3 in 38 events entered. Enditem。
Spain to stay true to style with a draw enough for Qatar ticket******
MADRID, Nov. 13 (Xinhua) -- Spain will qualify for their 12th consecutive World Cup finals if they win or draw at home to Sweden in Seville's Estadio de la Cartuja on Sunday night.。
Spain's 1-0 win in Greece thanks to a Pablo Sarabia penalty, coupled with Sweden's shock 2-0 defeat in Georgia has turned the table in the group with Spain now holding a one-point advantage going into the last game.。
Three days ago, it looked as if Spain would have to win their final game, but now a draw will be enough to book their ticket to Qatar in November 2022.。
Coach Luis Enrique has already said his side will look to take the game to their rivals and stay true to their style of play, but the Spanish will be aware that their last two results against the Swedes are not good.。
The Swedes came back from a goal down to win 2-1 in Stockholm in September, with Alexander Isak and Viktor Claesson overturning Carlos Soler's fourth minute opener for the Spanish.。
Spain also failed to score against Sunday's rivals in a 0-0 draw in Seville in the group stage of this summer's European Championship. Although a repeat of that result would take the Spanish directly to Qatar, that would certainly cause some frayed nerves.。
Luis Enrique is likely to make several changes to his side in order to try and maintain as many fresh legs as possible on the pitch. Pau Torres will probably step into central defense for Inigo Martinez, who ended Thursday with a minor calf problem, while the experienced duo of Jordi Alba and Cesar Azpilicueta could come in as full backs.。
Dani Olmo will replace Raul de Tomas, and Sergio Busquets also looks likely to start. Solar will probably step into the side for 17-year-old Gavi, who also ended Thursday's game with slight physical problems.。
The Spanish have everything in their favor to keep up their World Cup record, with the only question marks over their game being whether they will be able to turn possession into chances, and whether the Swedes will catch them on the break. Enditem。
Prince Charles tests positive for COVID******
Former Welsh football player Ian Rush (left) speaks with Britain's Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, during a reception at The British Museum on February 9 in London.
Prince Charles, the eldest son and heir to Queen Elizabeth II, is isolating after testing positive for coronavirus for the second time, his office said on Thursday.
"The Prince of Wales has tested positive for COVID-19 and is now self-isolating," said a message on the prince's official Twitter page.
The prince met the Queen in Windsor two days before testing positive, according to British media reports.
But the 95-year-old monarch is not currently displaying any symptoms, an unnamed royal source told the domestic Press Association news agency.
Buckingham Palace did not say whether the Queen had tested positive or negative for the virus.
Last year the palace was criticized for a lack of transparency before confirming that the Queen had spent a night in hospital for "preliminary" tests, the nature of which has never been specified.
Charles had been due to unveil a statue in Winchester, southern England, on Thursday but his attendance was canceled at the last minute, leaving him "deeply disappointed," Clarence House said.
The Queen, who isolated in her own "bubble" because of her age at Windsor Castle, west of London, when the pandemic struck in early 2020, has had recent health problems that forced her to take a step back from official duties on medical advice.
However, she is once again filling up her diary as a year of celebrations began this week to mark her record-breaking 70 years on the throne.
The 73-year-old prince first tested positive in March 2020 and subsequently spent around a week isolating at the Queen's Balmoral estate in Scotland.
Charles met several people at a reception in the British Museum on Wednesday, including Finance Minister Rishi Sunak and Interior Minister Priti Patel.
His staff said that the Prince's second bout of coronavirus was discovered after a routine test. He has been fully vaccinated against COVID-19.