Alternate with US women's gymnastics team tests positive for COVID-19

Sunisa Lee and Grace McCallum are part of the main roster.
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McCallum (second from left) and Lee (far right) posted a photo on Instagram Monday. 

McCallum (second from left) and Lee (far right) posted a photo on Instagram Monday. 

An alternate for the U.S. women's gymnastics team will miss the Tokyo Olympics after testing positive for COVID-19.

The gymnast's identity has not been released, but the positive test comes just days before Friday's opening ceremony that is scheduled to include a two Minnesotans who will compete at the games as part of the women's national team. 

The alternate is between the age of 10 and 19, according to Japanese officials. That rules out Simone Biles, Jade Carey, Jordan Chiles and MyKayla Skinner, all of whom are in their 20s. 

Minnesotans, Sunisa Lee, of St. Paul, and Grace McCallum, of Isanti, are both 18 years old, but are part of the main six-gymnast roster and not considered alternates. 

However, Lee, McCallum and the rest of the team has been living and training with the alternates, so there is concern that the highly contagious virus could spread through the team. It is unclear if Lee, McCallum and others have been vaccinated. 

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“The health and safety of our athletes, coaches and staff is our top priority. We can confirm that an alternate on the women’s artistic gymnastics team tested positive for COVID-19,” a USOPC statement said. 

“In alignment with local rules and protocols, the athlete has been transferred to a hotel to quarantine. Out of respect for the individual’s privacy, we cannot provide more information at this time.”

Over the weekend, American tennis star Coco Gauff, 17, announced that she tested positive for COVID-19 and won't be able to compete in the Olympics. 

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