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WATCH: Curl out of the Olympics, Shanley's Simon commits to Nebraska baseball in WDAY's 10 PM sports

Curl was named an injury replacement for the United State women's hockey team, but did not make the trip to Beijing after testing positive for COVID.

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Bismarck St. Mary's graduate and University of Wisconsin forward Britta Curl tallied seven goals and 17 points this season to help the Badgers repeat as NCAA women's hockey national champions.
Photo by Tom Lynn / Wisconsin Athletics

After getting the chance to finally live out her Olympic dreams, Bismarck's Britta Curl will not get the chance to travel to Beijing.

The former Blizzard standout tested positive for COVID-19 while still in Los Angeles waiting to fly to China. She will not make the trip after being named an injury replacement for the United States women's hockey team.

"Can’t even begin to say how thankful I am to have such supportive and loving family and friends," Curl said in a tweet Wednesday night. "Was super excited at the opportunity to join Team USA but a positive COVID test means I will not be able to help out a great group. Thanks to everyone who reached out - I’ll be back!"

Another local baseball product will have the chance to play high level college games. Shanley sophomore infielder Tommy Simon committed to Nebraska on Wednesday night.

"It feels great especially coming out of North Dakota, because you don't see it a lot," Simon said. "The fact that I could do it kind of just makes it more special."

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Zach Staton joined WDAY as a sports reporter in 2018. He grew up in Salem, Virginia loving any sport he could play or watch. Staton graduated from Bridgewater College with a degree in Communication Studies before getting his Master's in Broadcast and Digital Journalism with a Sports Communication Emphasis from Syracuse University.
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