Casey Dawson, an American speedskater, first examined constructive for Covid-19 three weeks in the past. What adopted has been “an emotional curler coaster,” he stated.
Dawson, a 21-year-old from Salt Lake Metropolis, has been competing in speedskating for greater than a decade and had certified to compete within the 5,000-meter and 1,500-meter particular person races on the Beijing Video games.
Dawson skilled no signs. But within the subsequent weeks, his polymerase chain response assessments — unfavourable outcomes are required for entry into China — stored returning constructive outcomes.
After producing two consecutive unfavourable assessments, he thought he would possibly be capable to fly out on Friday. However Dawson acquired discover on Tuesday that 4 consecutive unfavourable assessments could be required. “I don’t know in the event that they misinformed me or modified the foundations,” he stated.
Both method, it meant that he wouldn’t make it to Beijing in time to compete within the particular person occasions. “My coronary heart simply dropped, and that’s once I knew I wasn’t going to make it,” he stated.
Emery Lehman, a two-time Olympian, will exchange Dawson within the 5,000 meters. When one other teammate, Ethan Cepuran, is competing in his place within the 1,500 on Tuesday, Dawson hopes he’ll lastly be on his option to Beijing.
Dawson stated he had skilled tearful moments and was now centered on “preparing for the staff pursuit,” as “that’s all you are able to do.”
The staff has had a “breakout yr,” Dawson stated. And the numbers again that up: He, Lehman and Joey Mantia broke the world document within the males’s speedskating staff pursuit in December.
“My expectation is that he’ll get right here,” Matt Kooreman, the long-track program director for U.S. Speedskating, advised The Associated Press on Friday. “He’s such a levelheaded man. I’m extra frightened concerning the individuals round him freaking out than I’m him freaking out.”
Dawson stated lacking the person occasions had given him “a whole lot of motivation” and time to deal with one race. Whereas it was bittersweet to observe from Utah as his teammate Brittany Bowe carried the U.S. flag within the opening ceremony, he remained optimistic, saying, “I’ll be there for the closing ceremony.”
The boys’s staff pursuit quarterfinals happen on Feb. 13, with the semifinals and the ultimate scheduled two days later. The U.S. males are anticipated to be robust medal contenders.