Vincent Zhou, who helped the U.S. workforce win silver in the workforce determine skating occasion final week, on Tuesday was cleared to return to the Olympics after testing optimistic for the coronavirus and spending every week in isolation.
Zhou, who completed fifth on the 2018 Olympics, missed celebrating the U.S. workforce’s silver medal in the workforce occasion and in addition was pressured to withdraw from the boys’s particular person occasion. As it seems, nobody on his U.S. workforce obtained its precise silver medal anyway.
The medals ceremony for the workforce occasion was canceled after the Russian skater Kamila Valieva was discovered to have examined optimistic for a banned drug earlier than the Olympics. The medalists will obtain their awards solely as soon as Valieva’s doping case concludes, and that might take months.
“I do hope that Team USA does receive a medal eventually,” Zhou mentioned. “Hopefully it won’t take like four years or so.”
While in isolation, Zhou spent his time in resort about half-hour from the Olympic Village coping with what he described as a light chilly. He mentioned he was stunned that he had contracted the virus after doing “everything short of moving to Antarctica” to keep away from others.
He was ready to train and watch Netflix. His movie selections mirrored the state of affairs that was unfolding on the Olympics whereas he was caught inside. Zhou watched the documentary “Icarus,” which describes Russia’s state-run doping scheme on the 2014 Sochi Games.
“It definitely is pretty shocking and is a scary situation we have going on here at the Olympics,” he mentioned. “I would understand completely if the ladies didn’t exactly trust the integrity of the competition and the fairness of everything. I hope that this resolves in the best way possible for all parties involved.”
The males’s occasion was held with out controversy, and Zhou mentioned he didn’t watch it as a result of it was too emotionally painful. His teammate Nathan Chen gained the gold medal. Another teammate, Jason Brown, was sixth.
“It also was difficult for me to see the results because I knew I could have medaled,” Zhou mentioned. “It was a difficult day for me.”
It made him really feel supported, although, that he continues to obtain good needs, together with from the singer Josh Groban. Zhou discovered Groban’s word particularly touching as a result of he performs his quick program to one in every of Groban’s songs.
“That was really, really an awesome moment,” mentioned Zhou, who plans to carry out in the determine skating exhibition on Sunday, the ultimate day of the Beijing Games.