Amber Glenn won’t take part in Olympics

Plano Skater and Silver Medalist Amber Glenn bore an unfortunate news as she will be unable to take part in the Winter Olympics according to a NBC Sports article from January 7 which reports, 

 

“Amber Glenn, the 2021 U.S. silver medalist, withdrew from the U.S. Figure Skating Championships after testing positive for the coronavirus, becoming the third prominent skater to do so this week.

 

She said she tested positive after a morning warm-up for Friday’s free skate. Glenn struggled and placed 14th of 16 skaters in Thursday’s short program, crushing her Olympic hopes.

 

“Unfortunately over the last 48hrs I progressively became slower, weak, & sluggish…. I thought it was the usual competition nerves and maybe allergies but after yesterday’s performance & the last two days of practices not feeling like myself at all I had a sinking feeling it was something more,” Glenn posted on social media on Friday night. “With a heavy heart I must announce I tested positive for Covid-19 after this mornings warmup and have withdraw from the U.S. championships.

 

The other three primary Olympic contenders placed first (Mariah Bell), second (Karen Chen) and third (Alysa Liu) to bolster their hopes of being named to the team by a selection committee that assesses a full year’s body of work.”

 

Just recently before testing positive with COVID-19, she was rather eager to be part of the Olympic team despite the pandemic which disrupted her training and practice according to a NBC 5 DFW article from January 7 which reports, 

 

“Maintaining momentum during the COVID-19 pandemic was a challenge.

Glenn set two goals for herself: perfecting the triple axel jump and making the 2022 Olympic team.

 

She has checked the first item off the list.

 

“It has been one of the most challenging but rewarding experiences of my career for sure,” Glenn said.

 

Now Glenn is aiming for the Winter Olympics. The U.S. National Championships are underway in Nashville, and Glenn’s finish will be a deciding factor in whether or not she earns a ticket to Beijing.”

 

Despite being positive with COVID-19, Amber Glenn’s shot with the Olympic team isn’t over since the selection committee will still have to consider other possibilities. 

 

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