U.S. Women’s Gymnastics Team Moves to Hotel as Coronavirus Cases Rise in Olympic Village

Simone Biles arriving at the airport ahead of the Olympic Games. (AP)

Amid heightened concerns over COVID-19, the US women’s gymnastics team has elected to stay in a hotel rather than board in Tokyo’s Olympic Village.

“It was also a decision that we all made together, we know it isn’t ideal for the Olympic experience but nothing is ideal during a pandemic,” Cecile Landi, the coach for both Simone Biles and Jordan Chiles, wrote on Twitter on Sunday.

“We feel like we can control the athletes and our safety better in a hotel setting!”

On Monday, Kara Eaker, an alternate on the team, became the first known COVID-19 case among US Olympians. Eaker, who is vaccinated, tested positive in an Olympic training camp in Narita, Japan. She is currently in quarantine, as is Leanne Wong, a fellow alternate and training mate who was deemed a close contact.

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SOURCE: New York Post, Jared Greenspan

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