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Candy Jacobs, one of the skaters in our inaugural Women’s Battle At The Berrics in 2019, has tested positive for COVID-19. She announced the news yesterday, confirming that she has bowed out of the Olympics. (You may remember that an injury also kept her out of the WBATB Final Four.)
This year’s Summer Games are the most exclusive on record, with athletes and journalists being quarantined in their hotel rooms, and are even forbidden from engaging in pre-pandemic Olympic athlete social activities (use your imagination). To be doubly cautious about the spread of Coronavirus in Japan, visitors are tested twice daily. It’s heartbreaking to see Jacobs lose her opportunity, but she assures us that she feels physically fine and is aiming for the next Games:
“I am heartbroken. Unfortunately I was tested positive for Covid-19 this morning, which means my Olympic journey ends here. I am feeling healthy and don’t have any symptoms. I have done everything in my power to prevent this scenario and took all the precautions. Luckily we’ve been following the protocols so my fellow skateboarders still get to shine bright.
“I will need some time to let my broken heart heal and recover from this. Let’s go Paris 2024!”
Check out Jacobs’s WBATB matches leading up to Finals Night, below: