US skater Vincent Zhou to perform in Olympics closing gala after leaving quarantine

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U.S. figure skater Vincent Zhou will perform in the closing gala for the Beijing Olympics on Sunday after he was not able to compete in the Games after testing positive for COVID-19, according to The Associated Press.

Zhou, a 21-year-old student at Brown University, was part of the U.S. ice skating team that won a silver medal earlier in the Games on Feb. 7 just before learning of his positive test and being placed in quarantine.

However, he could not attend the medal ceremony after he tested positive for the virus. He also had to withdraw from the men’s short competition.

While he did not watch the short program because “it was too emotionally difficult,” Zhou was happy to see his teammates, including gold medal winner Nathan Chen, perform well, the AP reported.  

After testing positive for the virus, the skater posted a video on his personal Instagram page saying that the news seemed “unreal.”

“There’s a mixed bag of emotions obviously, but I’m still processing everything and letting things flow and fortunately I’m pretty good at seeing different perspectives at once and grounding myself,” Zhou said in another interview after his positive test. 

“I was asymptomatic all up until the sudden positive test so it definitely did come as a shock,” he also said at the time, adding that he was eager to begin preparations for the world championship competition in March. 


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