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An Olympic skateboarder is back at home recovering, saying she was forced to endure “inhuman” conditions with no fresh air while quarantined for COVID-19 in Tokyo, reports said.
Candy Jacobs was set to make her Olympic debut with Team Netherlands for the 2020 Games but instead had to watch the contest on television from a hotel room after testing positive for the virus shortly after arriving in Tokyo.
In a since-deleted Instagram video, Jacobs said the window in her hotel room didn’t open and by day seven, she couldn’t handle it anymore and started protesting by refusing to move so organizers would allow her to have some fresh air, ESPN reported.
“Not having any outside air is so inhuman,” the 31-year-old said in the clip, according to the outlet.
“It’s mentally super draining … definitely more than a lot of humans can handle.”
Following a seven-hour stalemate, officials agreed to let her stand at an open window, while supervised, for 15 minutes.
“Having that first breath of outside air was the saddest and best moment in my life,” the skater said.
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It’s not clear when the video was taken down but on Thursday, Jacobs penned a post saying she’d be leaving Tokyo and was in the midst of “mentally fighting a true battle.”
“I will need some time to bounce back from this. Physically and mentally,” she wrote.
By Monday, Jacobs appeared to be clear of COVID-19 and back on the saddle.
She posted a video of her biking to her Instagram story with the caption “Let’s see if I can get this body back in business.”
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