Winter Olympics 2018: US ice hockey player James Wisniewski's father quarantined after contracting norovirus

Gangneung, South Korea: US hockey player James Wisniewski's father Jim won't be coming out to see him play Tuesday at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics after contracting norovirus.

The 62-year-old American vomitted while waiting for a taxi and has been in isolation in one of two apartments his family rented for the Games.

The norovirus outbreak has hit 283 people at the Pyeongchang Games, including two athletes, officials said on Monday.

File image of James Wisniewski. Reuters

File image of James Wisniewski. Reuters

"He tested positive yesterday," Wisniewski said Monday after practice. "He got in on the 13th (of February) and he got tested. He's quarantined."

It has forced the younger Wisniewski, whose team faces Slovakia in a first-round knockout playoff match Tuesday, to stay away from his dad to avoid having the illness spread through the American locker room.

"It's something that you're, like, 'Ahh, really, how bad can it get?' and all of the sudden, bang bang, a couple of people close to you have it and you don't really know how, you don't know where," the defenceman said.

"It's just one of those things that I guess is really, really contagious, and as of right now (I'll) try and keep my distance from him and wish him the best."

Most of the norovirus cases are workers who have since recovered, but two Swiss freestyle skiers also fell sick with the highly contagious bug.

Updated Date: Feb 19, 2018 17:13 PM

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