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Team USA figure skater Vincent Zhou said he was unable to attend the closing ceremony of the Winter Olympics on Sunday after being reported as a close contact for COVID-19, despite tested negative for the disease more than a dozen times.
Zhou had to withdraw from an event during the Games because he tested positive for coronavirus. He wrote in frustration on his Instagram about his inability to be with his team.
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“I will not be participating in the closing ceremony tonight. Before boarding the bus to the stadium, they flagged me as a COVID ‘close contact’ risk and would not allow me to go any further,” he said. he wrote on his Instagram stories.
“I have tested negative 14 times in a row. I have antibodies and I am absolutely not contagious. I am 100% healthy and normal. I wear a double mask and would walk outside with the same people I’m about to travel with as a couple Of all the people parading, I’d be the least likely to pass it on to others.
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“I had to take my mask off when I took the ice cream for the gala earlier today with 40 other people who were also maskless, inside. But it seems like being double-masked at the exterior is more risky.
“I followed the rules and did what was required no questions asked as long as the rules existed.”
Zhou then thanked the fans for their support and congratulated his American teammates.
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Zhou was part of the USA team that finished second in the team figure skating event. The Americans have yet to receive their medals for an investigation into Russian Kamila Valieva’s drug test failure in December that came to light during the Games.