'Devastated': Aussie athletes test positive before Tokyo Olympics

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The Aussie skateboarding team, pictured here before flying to the United States.
The Aussie skateboarding team flew to the United States earlier this month. Image: Charlotte Heath/Instagram

Two members of Australia's Olympic skateboarding contingent have missed their last chance to qualify for the Tokyo Games after testing positive for Covid-19.

Two athletes and a coach tested positive after flying to the US earlier this month for an Olympic qualifying event in Des Moines, Iowa.

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The entire team was disqualified from the event as a result because they were deemed close contacts.

Skate Australia said the first athlete tested positive in California on May 13 and didn’t travel to Iowa for the event.

The second athlete tested positive at the Dew Tour event on May 16 and was isolated immediately, while the coach tested positive on May 21.

Melbourne skater Charlotte Heath, 13, has since announced that she was one of the athletes to test positive.

“Pretty bummed about not being able to compete in dew tour In Des Moines this year because I got Covid 19,” she wrote on Instagram.

“I have to quarantine for a while now and I was really looking forward to this comp, but at least I got to travel to America and go to all the sick skateparks while I could.”

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Aussie skateboarding team 'devastated'

Heath and the yet-to-be-named teammate will not be able to secure enough points to be part of Australia's Olympic contingent, which can include a maximum of six male and six female skaters.

Australia's top-ranked female skateboarder Poppy Olsen, who tested negative, said the team is devastated.

"They're pretty devastated because myself [and] another member, Keegan Palmer, we were the only two who were really officially locked in to go to the Olympics," she told RN Breakfast.

"Everyone else, this was pretty much their last shot to get in so pretty devastating for those girls.

"Everyone's doing alright, our coach is OK, he's got some cold and flu-like symptoms but he's doing alright and he's being monitored."

Olsen said the majority of the team had the first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine in Australia before they left.

Skate Australia has since said it believes the country's medal chances are still high in the Skate and Street disciplines.

The Australian Olympic Committee says it is work with Skate Australia to assist athletes.

Skateboarding is one of four brand-new sports that will debut at the Tokyo Olympics, along with surfing, sport climbing and karate.

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