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4 Jun, 2020 18:46

Back on the ice: Olympic champion figure skater Alina Zagitova returns to teammates after testing NEGATIVE for COVID-19

Back on the ice: Olympic champion figure skater Alina Zagitova returns to teammates after testing NEGATIVE for COVID-19

Reigning world and Olympic champion figure skater Alina Zagitova has tested negative for COVID-19 after undergoing obligatory checks before resuming full-time training.

The 18-year-old, who joined Eteri Tutberidze’s group at Novogorsk Training Center in Moscow Region, was not allowed to enter the ice rink before receiving the results of her tests.

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The skater arrived at Novogorsk base on June 2 and spent two days in self-isolation before being approved for training with the rest of her teammates.

Zagitova, who took a break from competitive skating, hasn’t yet announced a comeback, but she has said she is happy to train again, sparking speculation about her possible return.

The athlete’s health was a matter for concern after government official Alexander Brechalov, who personally congratulated her on 18th birthday in May, was confirmed to have contracted COVID-19.

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Luckily for Zagitova, she wasn’t infected with the contagious virus that has swept across the world, paralyzing all major sporting events.

A return to competitive skating has been rumored for the athlete, after her choreographer Daniil Gleikhengauz revealed that she had chosen music for next season’s programs.

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