2022 Winter Olympics – Team USA’s Casey Dawson won’t be deterred by his journey across the world to Beijing

A fiasco with COVID-19 testing left American speed skater Casey Dawson unable to compete in the 5,000 meters event at the Winter Olympics – and stuck in the United States – but he was determined to compete in his first Olympics no matter what and no matter what time it happened.

On Sunday, Dawson embarked on a trip halfway around the world, hoping to arrive in China just hours before Tuesday’s 1,500-meter race.

The 21-year-old tested positive for the virus around three weeks ago but felt he would be able to make the trip if he produced two consecutive negative tests. He was then told he needed four consecutive tests at approved testing sites.

Dawson couldn’t be cleared in time to be there for his first race, but the Team USA athlete refused to miss the chance. After getting his fourth negative test on Saturday night, Dawson left Salt Lake City on Sunday morning for a flight to Atlanta. He then jumped on a red eye to Paris and will then take another red eye to Beijing.

If globetrotting were an Olympic sport, Dawson would almost certainly win the gold medal.

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