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Medical director Jonathan Finnoff said 567 of the American athletes had filled out their health histories as they prepared for the trip, and estimated 83% had replied they were vaccinated.
“Eighty-three percent is actually a substantial number and we’re quite happy with it,” Finnoff said.
The IOC has estimated around 85% of residents of the Olympic Village are vaccinated; a figure based on what each country’s Olympic committee reports but is not an independently verified number.
The USOPC figure is more solid based on questionnaires athletes were asked to fill out before they came to Japan. Finnoff said the committee is not differentiating its treatment of athletes based on whether they’re vaccinated. Athletes at the Olympics are not required to be vaccinated although it is encouraged.
“The best thing to do is to assume everyone’s at risk, and reduce risk by introducing Covid mitigation measures that we know work,” he said.
So far, two American athletes – beach volleyball player Taylor Crabb and Kara Eaker, an alternate on the gymnastics team – are known to have tested positive. The IOC has reported 13 positives among all athletes in Japan.
The vaccination rate was the biggest news to come out of an hourlong Q&A with USOPC leadership a far different affair from the last pre-Olympic news conference. That one, at the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, was dominated by talk of the federation’s handling of sex-abuse cases in the wake of the trial of former team doctor Larry Nassar.
The USOPC leadership has almost completely turned over since then. Susanne Lyons is the new chair, Sarah Hirshland is the new CEO and Rick Adams is the new chief of sport performance.
Part of the USOPC’s reboot involved deemphasizing the quest for medals and focusing more on athlete health and welfare. The US has led the medals table at every Summer Games since 1996, the Olympics after the old Soviet team disbanded.
But Hirshland is well aware that her performance, and the team’s, will still be judged at some level on medals.
“Is the US coming here hoping to win a lot of medals? You bet we are,” Hirshland said.
All expectations, however, are tempered by the reality that a Covid outbreak could turn plans upside down.
“Athletes have adjusted to being comfortable being uncomfortable,” Adams said,. “They’ve been experiencing it, and over the next 17 days, the expectation is to set expectations around things that could change.”
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