Skater Vincent Zhou out of individual Olympics competition after positive COVID-19 tests

Skater Vincent Zhou out of individual Olympics competition after positive COVID-19 tests

US men’s figure skater Vincent Zhou has tested positive for the coronavirus, and is out of the individual competition at the Beijing Olympics.

In a five-minute video posted to Instagram on Monday night, a teary Zhou announced that he would have to withdraw. He had initially tested positive as part of a routine COVID-19 screening, and underwent additional testing that confirmed his status.

“The enormity of the situation, the pain of it all is pretty insane, but I do recognize that this absolutely does not define me as an athlete, as a person,” Zhou said in the video.

The 21-year-old had struggled through a poor free skate for the eventual team silver medalists a day before, and was due to compete in the individual competition that begins with the men’s short program on Tuesday.

“While it was always my dream to medal on an Olympic stage, which I did before this happened, the overall dream was just to skate,” he said.

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