U.S. Olympic gymnast tests positive for COVID-19 in Japan

Kara Eaker, an Olympic reserve specialist for the American women’s gymnasium, was tested to have a COVID-19 at a training camp near Tokyo.

Eaker, 18, is the first American Olympic to test himself.

Eaker’s father, Mark, told reporters on Monday that his daughter had been tested at the team’s training camp in Inzai, 30 kilometers east of Tokyo, and added that she had symptoms and had received a full vaccination against COVID-19.

“We confirmed today that the young athlete on the team was diagnosed with the disease,” Kimiya Kosaku, an official from Inzai City, said, adding that he arrived in Japan on July 15.

Eaker’s personal trainer Al Fong also confirmed a good test on Monday.

The results came after receiving what was described as a “false positive” over the weekend. Eaker performed the next test which returned negative before returning positively several times.

The four alternatives, along with Eaker, traveled to Japan with the American women’s Olympic training team of six women, world and Olympic champion Simone Biles, Jordan Chiles, Grace McCallum, Sunisa Lee, MyKayla Skinner and Jade Carey.

Alternatives have lived with other alternatives since their arrival in Japan, a competitive team living with other competitors.


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