KANSAS CITY, Missouri – Kara Eaker’s parents say “hope is gone” for their daughter to compete in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
The Blue Springs gymnast won a place as a substitute for the United States team at the United States Olympic Trials in St. Louis in June.
Monday, however, she tested positive for COVID-19 while in Tokyo.
Her parents said they were sad for their daughter, who worked hard year after year to get here.
“Mostly disappointed, you know?” I feel bad for her because like I said she has trained most of her life for it, ”said her father, Mark Eaker. “There was hope up until this point, even as a substitute. Now that the results have returned, that hope is gone.
Kara Eaker has been vaccinated and has no symptoms, her parents said.
“We are incredibly grateful that we vaccinated her, because everyone tells us – all the doctors tell us – it’s to her benefit,” said Katherine Eaker, Kara’s mother. “If there is something I can tell everyone: Take this seriously. “
Kara Eaker’s parents say they now can’t wait to see their daughter when she comes out of isolation and comes home.
Leanne Wong, another local gymnast, has also qualified as an Olympic substitute and is in Tokyo with Eaker.
41 KSHB News has confirmed to coach Al Fong that Wong is in quarantine for 14 days due to close contact with Eaker.
Eaker could be released sooner if she continues to be symptom-free.
Fong said Wong is also asymptomatic, although she has not received the COVID-19 vaccine.
The pair trained at a different facility than the other women competing for the U.S. team, including star athlete Simone Biles.