Kewaskum’s Jordan Stolz and different speedskaters head to the Olympics, amid COVID-19 protocols | WUWM 89.7 FM

The U.S. Olympic Lengthy Observe Speedskating Trials have wrapped up on the Pettit Nationwide Ice Heart in West Allis, WI. One of many large tales from the occasion is the emergence of 17-year-old skater Jordan Stolz of Kewaskum.

Now, the massive focus over the subsequent two weeks is whether or not the female and male skaters can keep secure from COVID-19 earlier than heading to subsequent month’s Winter Video games in Beijing.

Stolz gained the boys’s 500 and 1000 meter races, setting observe information in every. He informed reporters that he thinks there is a good probability he can win a medal within the Olympics.

“I feel I can get within the prime 5 on the Olympic Video games. Then, if any person has a nasty race or one thing, you realize, there’s all the time that risk for a medal, first, second or third,” Stolz stated.

However any hopes of choosing up a medal in Beijing will rely upon avoiding the present surge of COVID-19.

Shane Domer is the Excessive-Efficiency Director for the group that oversees the Olympians, US Speedskating. Domer stated the athletes may have fundamental protocols to observe whereas coaching or at dwelling.

“Not going to eating places, ordering out once they can. Having groceries delivered. Not taking public transportation once they can,” Domer informed WUWM.

Domer stated most skaters shall be coaching in Salt Lake Metropolis earlier than leaving for China. He stated there would even be quite a lot of mask-wearing, distancing, and disinfecting.

Additionally, Domer stated, there shall be quite a lot of testing for COVID-19, “to verify in these coaching environments, we are able to catch somebody who might have been uncovered and will have the virus. So, we are able to reduce the publicity to teammates.”

The speedskaters additionally celebrated, after the Trials ended.

Whereas a minimum of one of many skaters, Joey Mantia, criticized the holding of the trials, even with spectators banned from the Pettit Heart, one other skater heading to Beijing expressed confidence in staying away from COVID-19.

Mia Manganello Kilburg informed the information media on Sunday night, “We skilled this COVID crap for the previous two years. We’re ready.”

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