U.S. Figure Skating on Saturday announced the women’s team will travel to Beijing for the Winter Olympics next month. It will include a top-rated competitor who withdrew from the national team this week in Nashville after testing positive for coronavirus, a stark reminder of a rising pandemic that still has the potential to disrupt sporting events and lifelong dreams.
“Everything happens unfortunately, but it is so” Alysa Liu wrote on social media after withdrawing on Friday. Her strong performance last season on the international scene, despite her absence from the national team, earned her a spot in the Olympics. Figure skaters are selected to the Olympic team based on their work over the course of a year – the US National Championships in Figure Skating is not an Olympic test event, like some other sports.
Also named for the women’s singles team Mariah Bell, the 25-year-old has won on Friday, she became the oldest national women’s singles champion in 95 years, and 22-year-old Karen Chen, a 2018 Olympic athlete, finished second behind Bell.
Liu, 16 years old, is among at least six skaters have tested positive this week and withdrew from the nation’s population as the highly contagious variant of Omicron led to a new wave of infections around the world – just weeks before the Beijing Olympics were scheduled to begin. Many of the skaters described have adopted strict measures, including Skip individual lessons at the rink, to avoid such results.
Amber Glenn, another skater, tested positive and withdrew “With a heavy heart” from nationals, lost her last chance to impress the Olympic selection committee. Above Instagram, she describes how she has taken precautions such as social distancing and wearing a K95 mask. She said she initially assumed the initial symptoms were neurological or allergic.
Brandon Frazier, who, along with Alexa Knierim, was the defending national doubles champion, tested positive on Wednesday and withdrew from the competition. USA Figure Skating will announce two US Olympic teams on Sunday, and Frazier and Knierim said they have offered to be selected for the Olympics.
However, it remains unclear how long it will take for potential athletes battling the virus to feel well enough to skate again or start testing negative, only adding to the uncertainty as many athletes. The cheerleader prepares to leave for Beijing soon.
China announced elaborate measures to protect against the coronavirus entering its own population or those participating in the Winter Olympics, and to make sure those two groups are virtually unrelated. Last month, Chinese officials have detailed some of the strictest rules has not yet allowed its citizens to participate in the Olympics.
Spectators – which are already restricted to residents of China – will be allowed to clap, but not shout, in support of the athletes. Waiters, cleaners and other support staff will not be allowed to leave the Olympic venues to visit their families. And any Olympic participants leaving the vicinity for other parts of China will have to spend at least a week in quarantine, followed by at least two weeks of home isolation.
Foreign athletes, coaches, coaches, referees, journalists and some others will be restricted for “”closed loop“Of hotels and sports venues, linked by special buses and trains. Everyone will face PCR tests on a daily basis.
However, Chinese officials admit that they are bracing for certainty that some infections will emerge at the Olympics.