U.S. Olympic figure skater Vincent Zhou tests positive for COVID-19 ahead of men's event

U.S. Olympic figure skater Vincent Zhou tested positive for COVID-19 a day ahead of the start of the men's competition.

According to a U.S. Figure Skating statement, Zhou, 21, tested positive during a routine COVID-19 screening and is undergoing additional testing to confirm his status. If he tests negative, he will be able to compete in the men's short program on Tuesday morning Beijing time. The men's singles competition is Zhou's final event at the Games.

A two-time Olympian, Zhou is expected to contend for a medal alongside six-time U.S. champion Nathan Chen and two-time reigning Olympic champion Yuzuru Hanyu.

He had competed in the men's free skate portion of the team competition Sunday morning Beijing time. Team USA won a silver medal minutes before the news of Zhou's positive test was released.

The news was especially stressful for Chen; the two have been part of the same practice group in Beijing.

"We basically said: 'Vincent, we're sorry to hear the news. We miss you. We wish you were here because you're a big part of this team. You helped earn the silver medal,'" American ice dancer Evan Bates said after filming a video for Zhou. "And we're just hoping for the best and that he'll be all cleared and be able to take part in his individual event.''

The Associated Press contributed to this report.