Overland Park swimmer Shannon Vreeland will miss Opening Ceremony

LONDON - Blue Valley West graduate Shannon Vreeland will not walk in Friday night's Opening Ceremony at the London Olympics.

Vreeland tells 41 Action News she has been dealing with upper respiratory congestion since training in France and thought it best to sit out the ceremony.

"So we just kinda decided that overall kinda being out that late and walking around for two and a half hours probably wasn't the best idea since I'm just kinda starting to get over that," Vreeland said Friday in a Skype interview with 41 Action News, which you can watch in its entirety above.

"Unfortunately not walking in opening ceremonies," Vreeland tweeted Friday morning. "Finally feeling better and I dont want to mess it just before I swim. Will watch on TV! #USA"

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Vreeland says her only symptom is a minor cough. She hasn't missed any practice and isn't expected to miss any competition.

You can watch the Opening Ceremony Friday night at 6:30 p.m. CT on your 41 Action News station.

Find a list and biography of all Kansas City-area Olympians here: http://bit.ly/PRAFnq

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