U.S. Womens Gymnastics Alternate Tests Positive for Covid-19 at Tokyo Olympics – The Wall Street Journal

An alternate on the U.S. Olympic womens gymnastics team tested positive for Covid-19 while in Japan on Sunday, team officials said, immediately creating anxiety around one of the most closely watched teams at the Tokyo Games that open this week.

The world-dominant U.S. women, led by superstar Simone Biles, are the strong favorites to take a third consecutive team gold medal at the Games. Biles is favored to take as many as four out of five additional individual gold medals.

The result was confirmed by USA Gymnastics, the national governing body of the sport, following announcements from city authorities of Inzai, the Japanese city where the womens team is for a training camp before the Games begin Friday, as well as the U.S. Olympic & ParalympicCommittee.

USA Gymnastics said that after the Covid protocols for the Games were reviewed, the local government put the gymnast who tested positive and one other additional alternate gymnast into quarantine. Neither athlete was named.

The father of 18-year-old Kara Eaker confirmed on Monday that his daughter was the gymnast who had tested positive. Mark Eaker said in a text message that Kara had been vaccinated under the two-dose Pfizer regimen, and was not currently experiencing any symptoms.

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