3 more US figure skaters withdraw from national championships due to positive COVID tests – NBC Chicago

Three other skaters withdrew from the U.S. figure skating championships due to positive COVID-19 tests, bringing the total number of withdrawals for the week to seven.

Male competitor William Hubbart retired on Saturday before the start of his event. Also absent are ice dancers Raffaella Koncius and Alexey Shchepetov, who were 11th after the rhythmic dance. The US federation has not disclosed which of the ice dancers tested positive.

Team USA winter athletes share how the COVID-19 pandemic affected their training for the 2022 Beijing Olympics.

Previously, two-time American champion Alysa Liu had tested positive, as had Amber Glenn. The two dropped out after participating in the short program, when Liu finished third. She is expected to be chosen for the Olympic team later Saturday along with event winner Mariah Bell and runner-up Karen Chen.

Defending pairs champions Alexa Knierim and Brandon Frazier never made it to the ice in Nashville after testing positive. They, like Liu, asked the national federation to be chosen for the Olympic team. Knierim and Frazier are also expected to be added for Beijing, where the United States has two places in pairs.


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