USA Women’s Gymnastics Team Opts Out Of Olympic Village After Positive COVID Test

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL 08/09/2016: Team USA wins gold medal at Rio 2016 Olympic Games, artistic gymnastics. Celebration of Simone Biles, Aly Raisman, Gabby Douglas, Madison Kocian, Laurie Hernandez.


The USA women’s gymnastics team will not be taking the risk of staying in Olympic Village during the Tokyo Games.

After two positive COVID-19 tests were confirmed less than one week before the Opening Ceremony, the USA gymnastics team had one of its own members, alternate Kara Eaker, test positive for coronavirus.

As a result, Team USA will hunker down at a nearby hotel during the Summer Games, head coach Cecile Landi announced.

“We know it isn’t ideal for the Olympic experience but nothing is ideal during a pandemic,” Landi said via Twitter. “We feel like we can control the athletes and our safety better in a hotel setting!”

Two South African soccer players and a staff member previously tested positive inside of Olympic Village, so it is better safe than sorry as Team USA aims for the gold.

Let’s all hope that a surge in cases or an outbreak is avoided during the next few weeks.

The Olympics officially kick off on Friday, July 23, and will run through Sunday, August 8.

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