U.S. Women’s Gymnastics Team Member Tests Positive for Coronavirus Days Before Olympics

screenmixJuly 19, 2021

Less than a week before the Tokyo Olympics are set to kick off, a member of the U.S. women’s gymnastics team has tested positive for coronavirus.

While the athlete has not been publicly identified, the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee confirmed on Monday, July 19, that the team member is an alternate. “The health and safety of our athletes, coaches and staff is our top priority,” the committee said in a statement, via USA Today. “We can confirm that an alternate on the women’s artistic gymnastics team tested positive for COVID-19. In alignment with local rules and protocols, the athlete has been transferred to a hotel to quarantine. Out of respect for the individual’s privacy, we cannot provide more information at this time.”

According to officials, the gymnast had been training in Narita, approximately 35 miles from Tokyo, when she tested positive. No further details have been shared publicly at this time.

This health news comes just one day after tennis star Coco Gauff revealed she’ll sit out the Olympics after testing positive for COVID-19.