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Unvaccinated Swimmer Michael Andrew's Mask Refusal At Olympics Prompts U.S. Review

The U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee is reviewing U.S. swimmer Michael Andrew’s refusal to wear a mask during interviews with reporters Friday at the Tokyo Olympics, USA Today reported. The newspaper, which called Andrew the “highest profile unvaccinated American Olympian,” reported the swimmer’s failure to wear a mask in the...
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Unvaccinated Team USA Swimmer Michael Andrew Receives Backlash After Going Maskless at Olympics

In hot water. Team USA’s Michael Andrew faced major backlash after the unvaccinated athlete spoke with reporters at the Tokyo Olympics without a face covering. “Michael Andrew, the highest-profile unvaccinated American Olympian, refused to wear a mask in the mixed zone,” USA Today Sports columnist Christine Brennan wrote via Twitter on Friday, July 30, alongside photos of the swimmer, 22, maskless in a press area. “Every other U.S. swimmer I’ve seen all week has worn one.”
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Unmasked Swimmer Who Broke Tokyo COVID Rules Could Be Sent Home, Say U.S. Olympic Chiefs

An American swimmer who refused to be vaccinated before the Olympics could get thrown out of the Tokyo Games for flouting strict COVID-19 regulations. Michael Andrew did not wear a mask when he spoke to reporters in the mixed zone after an individual medley race on Friday—despite clear rules that swimmers should be masked at all times except when they’re in the water or being photographed on the podium. The 22-year-old told USA Today it was “pretty hard to breathe in after kind of sacrificing my body in the water” and added, “I’ll throw it on when I’m done here.” The USOPC described Andrew’s action as a violation of COVID-19 protocols and said it would "take action as needed.”
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Unvaccinated US swimmer in hot water over maskless interview

An unvaccinated swimmer for Team USA made waves out of the Tokyo Olympics’ pool Friday for not wearing a mask during interviews with reporters following a disappointing finish. The decision by Michael Andrew — a 22-year-old first-time Olympian from California — drew an initial rebuke from the US Olympic and...
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Michael Andrew misses medal in 200m IM, China's Wang Shun wins gold

Team USA's 22-year-old Michael Andrew, competing in his first Olympics, finished fifth in the 200-meter individual medley. He entered the meet with the top time in the world this year, 1:55.26. Andrew went 1:57.31 in Tokyo. After hitting the 150-meter mark with a one-second lead over the field, he closed...
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Washington Post

U.S. swimmer Michael Andrew on why he will go to Tokyo without coronavirus vaccine

Team USA swimmer Michael Andrew confirmed Thursday that he remains unvaccinated for the coronavirus ahead of the Tokyo Olympics, reaffirming a stance he and his family made clear at the U.S. Olympic swimming trials last month and probably subjecting himself and U.S. officials to further uncomfortable questions when the Games begin in two weeks.
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Maya DiRado Twitter Thread: “Disappointed” in Michael Andrew Being Unvaccinated

Maya DiRado Twitter Thread: “Disappointed” in Michael Andrew Being Unvaccinated. Maya DiRado, who won four medals for the U.S. team at the 2016 Olympics, posted a Twitter thread Tuesday evening commenting on the announcement by first-time U.S. Olympian Michael Andrew that he has not been vaccinated against COVID-19. Andrew discussed his decision to not be vaccinated in a virtual media session from the Olympic team’s training camp in Hawaii on July 8. Andrew said that prior to Olympic Trials, he “didn’t want to put anything in my body that I didn’t know how I would potentially react to,” but he then claimed that he had no plans to be vaccinated in the future.
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