Story at a glance

  • Michael Andrew announced Thursday that he’s not vaccinated against the coronavirus.
  • Andrew, who had COVID-19 months ago, is slated to compete for the United States in multiple swimming events at the Tokyo Olympics.
  • Andrew cited not wanting the vaccination to interfere with his training.

A U.S. Olympic swimming star announced Thursday that he’s not vaccinated against the coronavirus.

Michael Andrew, who is slated to compete for the United States in multiple swimming events at the Tokyo Olympics, made the revelation Thursday during a Zoom with USA Today Sports.

“I am not fully vaccinated, I’m not vaccinated,” Andrew, 22, said. “My reason behind it is, for one, it was kind of a last moment, I didn’t want to put anything in my body that I didn’t know how I would potentially react to. As an athlete on the elite level, everything you do is very calculated and understood. For me, in the training cycle, especially leading up to trials, I didn’t want to risk any days out. There were periods where you take a vaccine, you have to deal with some days off.” 


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Andrew, who holds the American record for the men’s 100-meter breaststroke, contracted COVID-19 months ago and has been training in Hawaii with the rest of the U.S. Olympic swimming team.

During last month’s U.S. Olympic swimming trials, USA Swimming President and CEO Tim Hinchey said “around 90 percent” of the U.S. team was vaccinated.


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Published on Jul 09, 2021