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U.S. gymnastics alternate tests positive for COVID-19

Aug 17, 2018; Boston, MA, USA; A competitors feet are seen on the balance beam during the U.S. Gymnastics Championships at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 17, 2018; Boston, MA, USA; A competitors feet are seen on the balance beam during the U.S. Gymnastics Championships at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

An alternate for the United States women’s gymnastics team tested positive for COVID-19 and is in quarantine at the team’s training camp.

USA Today identified the athlete as Kara Eaker. In addition, alternate Leanne Wong is quarantining as a close contact.

The alternates are rooming together and traveled and trained with the rest of the gymnastics team. The other alternates are Kayla DiCello and Emma Malabuyo.

USA Gymnastics confirmed Monday that gold-medal favorite Simone Biles was not affected.

“One of the replacement athletes for the women’s artistic gymnastics team received a positive COVID test on Sunday, July 18. After reviewing the implemented COVID protocols with members of the delegation, the local government determined that the affected replacement athlete and one other replacement athlete would be subject to additional quarantine restrictions,” the USAG statement said. “Accordingly, on Monday, the Olympic athletes moved to separate lodging accommodations and a separate training facility, as originally planned, and will continue their preparation for the Games. The entire delegation continues to be vigilant and will maintain strict protocols while they are in Tokyo.”

The unnamed gymnast is the first American athlete to test positive for COVID-19 in Tokyo.

–Field Level Media