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Unvaccinated Olympic champ to quarantine for three weeks

Switzerland’s Patrizia Kummer celebrates her victory after the women’s parallel slalom race at the Snowboard World Cup event in Bad Gastein, Austria, Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013.  (AP Photo/Kerstin Joensson)

Story at a glance

  • Swiss Olympic snowboarder Patrizia Kummer will quarantine for 21 days ahead of the Beijing Games.
  • Chinese authorities are requiring unvaccinated Olympic athletes to quarantine for three weeks before the games start on Feb. 4.
  • Kummer, who took home two gold medals during the 2014 Sochi Games, is scheduled to arrive in the country next week.

Rather than get vaccinated against COVID-19, a Swiss snowboarder has chosen to quarantine for three weeks ahead of the Beijing Games.  

The games are slated to start on Feb. 4, and Patrizia Kummer, 34, who took home gold in the parallel slalom at the 2014 Sochi Games, said Tuesday that she will quarantine for 21 weeks once she lands in China this week to abide by rules for the games laid out by Chinese authorities, according to The Associated Press.


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“After my personal decision not to be vaccinated, quarantine is the logical consequence,” Kummer said in a statement issued by Swiss Ski, according to the outlet. “I respect the regulations of the authorities and the (International Olympic Committee).” 

Kummer still does not have a confirmed spot on the Swiss Olympic roster but meets selection criteria.  


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