Former Canadian skier Kelly VanderBeek tests positive for coronavirus

Kelly VanderBeek (Christian Jansky, Wikimedia Commons)

Former Canadian alpine skier Kelly VanderBeek of Kapuskasing, Ontario has tested positive for coronavirus according to CBC Sports on Saturday. VanderBeek currently lives in Canmore, Alberta, with her husband, David Ford of Edmonton, a former Canadian Olympic canoer, and son, Cooper.

VanderBeek was a three-time World Cup medalist in alpine skiing. She won a silver medal in a women’s World Cup downhill in St. Anton/Arlberg, Austria on December 21, 2007, a silver medal in a women’s World Cup downhill in Sestriere, Italy on February 9, 2008, and a bronze medal in a women’s World Cup super giant slalom at Lake Louise, Alberta on December 3, 2006.

Since her retirement from competitive alpine skiing in 2013, VanderBeek has been very involved in sports broadcasting. Among the major sporting events she has worked at include the Rogers Cup, the Calgary Stampede, and the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang.

In the report from CBC Sports which was written by VanderBeek herself, she states she is asymptomatic, while her husband and son are negative. She believes she got coronavirus from volunteering for her son’s hockey team. VanderBeek’s son currently plays on an under-nine hockey team in Canmore.

There have been 56,444 cases of coronavirus in the province of Alberta, and 533 deaths. There are also 1608 active cases, and 40, 219 Albertans have recovered.

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