Team USA bobsledder tests positive for COVID-19 ahead of Olympic Winter Games – WESH 2 Orlando

ANNOUNCER: NOW, WE 2SH SPORTS, SPONSORED BY MULLINAX FORD. DAREN: SOME MEMBERS OF TEAM USA BOARDED A PLANE FOR BEIJING TODAY WITH SIGHTS SET ON BRINGING HOME SOME HARDWARE. BUT ONE U.S. ATHLETE IS STILL IN THE STATES, WITH HIS DREAM OF COMPETING STILL IN LIMBO. WESH 2’S SPORTS KENDRA DOUGLAS SPOKE WITH A CENTRAL FLORIDA NATIVE WHO IS HOPING HISEALT HH WON’T KEEP HIM OFF THE ICE. >> IT’S BEEN VERY SURREAL. GETTING TO CALL YOURSELF AN OLYMPI.AN IT’S JUSTEE BN SUCH A CRAZY PROCESS THAT EVERYONE’S JUST, YOU KNOW, HOLDING THR EIBREATH. IT FEELS LIKE, IT’S BEEN A VERY INTERESTING EXPEENRICE, NOT WHAT I THOUGHT IT WOULD BE MAKING THE OLYMPIC TE.AM KENDRA: AFTER FAILING TMAO KE THE TEAM IN 2018, SEMINOLE HIGH ALUM JOSH WILLIAMSON FINALLY HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO TL ELHIS PARENTS THE EXCITING NEWS THAT HE IS HEADING TO BEIJI.NG >> I PRETTY MUCH JUST TOLD THEM LIKE, YOU KNOW, GUYS, YOUR SON’S AN OLYMPIAN. YOU KNOW, I DID IT. AND IT’S PRETTY, IT WAS A PRETTY FUN EXPERIENCE. KEND: RABUT NOW THE BOBSLEDDER’S DREAM TO COMPETE FOR HIS COUNTRY IS ON THIN ICE. >> I’M FEELING GOOD. I HAVEN’T HAD TOO BAD SYMPTOMS. I’VE KIND OF BEEN PRE MILD. — I HAVE BEEN PRETTY MILD. KENDRA: WILLIAMSON IS THE FIRST USA MEMBER TO TEST POSITIVE FOR COVID THIS PT WEASEK. HE HAS TO HAVE FOUR CONSECUTIVE NEGATIVE TESTS IN ORDER TO LEAVE THE STATE AND HEAD TO CHINA. >> IF I END UP MISSING OPENING CEREMONY, THAT’S SOMETHING THAT’S BEEN A HUGE GOAL OF MI.NE AND IF I MISS IT, IT WOULD REALLY SUCK. BUT AGAIN, THE MORE I’M ABLE TO SIT HERE ALONE AND KIND OF THINK ABOUT IT, IT’S JUST, I JUSTAN W TO GO COMPE.ET AN

Team USA bobsledder tests positive for COVID-19 ahead of Olympic Winter Games

The feeling of getting to call himself an Olympian hasn’t set in yet for Lake Mary native Josh Williamson. “It’s just been such a crazy process that everyone’s just, you know, holding their breath,” Williamson said. “It feels like it’s been a very interesting experience, not what I thought it would be making the Olympic team.”After failing to make the team back in 2018, Williamson finally had the opportunity to tell his parents the exciting news that he would be heading to Beijing. “I pretty much just told them like, you know, ‘guys, your son’s an Olympian,'” Williamson said. “You know, I did it… it was a pretty fun experience.”But now the bobsledder’s dream of competing is on thin ice. Williamson is the first USA member to test positive for COVID-19 this past week. He has to have four consecutive negative tests in order to leave the state and head to China.”I’m feeling good. I haven’t had too bad of symptoms,” Williamson said. “But now that all this has happened, it’s really reminded me that … all that can be noise, you know, and at the end of the day, the essence of the games is to go compete with the best in the world. And that’s kind of what I want to do.”Although his vision seems distant, Williamson is optimistic that he will have enough time to heal and compete with his team by Feb. 14. “As a brakeman, we’re going to put our pilot in the turtle in the best position possible and give our pilot the chance to do something special, you know, and that’s what we’re excited to try to do,” Williamson said.

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The feeling of getting to call himself an Olympian hasn’t set in yet for Lake Mary native Josh Williamson.

“It’s just been such a crazy process that everyone’s just, you know, holding their breath,” Williamson said. “It feels like it’s been a very interesting experience, not what I thought it would be making the Olympic team.”

After failing to make the team back in 2018, Williamson finally had the opportunity to tell his parents the exciting news that he would be heading to Beijing.

“I pretty much just told them like, you know, ‘guys, your son’s an Olympian,'” Williamson said. “You know, I did it… it was a pretty fun experience.”

But now the bobsledder’s dream of competing is on thin ice.

Williamson is the first USA member to test positive for COVID-19 this past week. He has to have four consecutive negative tests in order to leave the state and head to China.

“I’m feeling good. I haven’t had too bad of symptoms,” Williamson said. “But now that all this has happened, it’s really reminded me that … all that can be noise, you know, and at the end of the day, the essence of the games is to go compete with the best in the world. And that’s kind of what I want to do.”

Although his vision seems distant, Williamson is optimistic that he will have enough time to heal and compete with his team by Feb. 14.

“As a brakeman, we’re going to put our pilot in the turtle in the best position possible and give our pilot the chance to do something special, you know, and that’s what we’re excited to try to do,” Williamson said.