Alternate with US women’s gymnastics team tests positive for coronavirus ahead of Olympics

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STUTTGART, GERMANY – OCTOBER 13: Kara Eaker of The United States competes in Women’s Balance beam Final during day 10 of the 49th FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Championships at Hanns-Martin-Schleyer-Halle on October 13, 2019 in Stuttgart, Germany. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

TOKYO (WAVY) — An alternate on the U.S. women’s gymnastics team tested positive for the coronavirus on Monday, days before the Olympic games in Tokyo.

Authorities have not identified the gymnast at this time, but Nexstar has confirmed the gymnast was 18-year-old Kara Eaker, of Missouri.

Authorities said another team member was identified as a “close contact” and they were placed “on standby.”

“In alignment with local rules and protocols, the athlete has been transferred to a hotel to quarantine. Out of respect for the individual’s privacy, we cannot provide more information at this time,” the organization said in a statement.

No other details were available, including the gymnast’s condition. The four alternates are Eaker, Kayla DiCello  Emma Malabuyo and Leanne Wong.

USA women’s team starters:

  • Simone Biles, 24
  • Sunisa Lee, 18
  • Jordan Chiles, 20
  • Grace McCallum, 18
  • MyKayla Skinner, 24
  • Jade Carey, 21

The Olympics start Friday on WAVY/NBC. WAVY’s Marielena Balouris is in Tokyo and will have continued coverage.

This is a breaking story and will be updated.

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