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US figure skater Zhou out after COVID test

Beijing Olympics Figure Skating
Posted at 10:39 AM, Feb 07, 2022
and last updated 2022-02-07 11:39:35-05

BEIJING (AP) — U.S. men’s figure skater Vincent Zhou has tested positive for the coronavirus, and is out of the individual competition.

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.

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.