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Alysa Liu Will Miss National Championships After Positive Coronavirus Test

NASHVILLE – Alysa Liu, one of the favorites to be part of the US Olympic figure skating team for the Beijing Winter Games next month, tested positive for coronavirus on Friday and withdrew from the national championships Americans.

Liu, 16, was third in the short program at the national championships on Thursday and was hopeful that a strong performance in the free skate on Friday would boost her chances of making the Olympic squad.

Her fate is now in the hands of U.S. figure skating officials, who will announce on Saturday that the U.S. women’s team will travel to Beijing. They will choose the three singles skaters based on their work over the past year, not just their national championship rankings.

This is great news for Liu. She is one of the top-ranked American women and has finished in the top five of her two Grand Prix races this season.

Later on Friday, another candidate for the Olympic team, Amber Glenn, tested positive and withdrew from the national championships, depriving her of one last chance to impress the Olympic selection committee.

On Instagram, Liu – the senior national champion in 2019 and 2020 – wrote that she was fully vaccinated, wore an N95 mask and tested negative twice before arriving at the national championships.

“Unfortunately things do happen, but that’s what it is,” she wrote of her positive test, adding that she felt good physically and mentally. She did not mention if she was showing symptoms of the virus.

Liu is the second high performance American skater to test positive at the national championships. Brandon Frazier, who along with Alexa Knierim is the reigning national pairs champion, withdrew from the national championships on Wednesday after waking up feeling ill and then testing positive.

“Although my symptoms are quite severe, nothing sucks more than not being able to compete,” Frazier said on social media.

Knierim wrote: “We have taken all necessary precautions prior to these Championships including, but not limited to, social distancing, the use of KN95 masks and the cancellation of all holiday gatherings as well as classes. private at the rink so it was shocking and devastating for us to deal with what happened.

The US figure skating will announce the two US Olympic teams in pairs on Sunday, and Frazier and Knierim said they have applied to be selected for the Beijing Games.

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