Olympic skater Ekaterina Alexandrovskaya dies at the age of 20

Ekaterina Alexandrovskaya, an Olympic skater, died in her 20s

Figure skater Ekaterina Alexandrovskaya, who was born in Russia but competed for Australia in the 2018 Olympics, died at age 20 in Moscow, the International Skating Union (ISU) reported Saturday.

Ekaterina Alexandrovskaya, originally from Russia but later competed for Australia in figure skating during the Olympics, died in Moscow in her early twenties.
Ekaterina Alexandrovskaya, originally from Russia but later competed for Australia in figure skating during the Olympics, died in Moscow in her early twenties.
"The ISU is shocked by the news of Ekaterina's death," ISU President Jan Dijkema said in a statement posted on the organization's website. 
"She was a talented skater and the figure skating community will miss her. We offer our sincere condolences to her family, friends and teammates and we mourn this tragic loss.

Ekaterina Alexandrovskaya 

  • Details of her death are unknown at this time.
  • In 2016, Alexandrovskaya partnered with Harley Windsor of Australia as a figure skater.
Windsor published a photo of the pair on Instagram and wrote: "Words cannot describe how I feel at this moment, I am devastated and deeply grieved by Katia's sad and sudden death. What we accomplished as a team is something I can never forget and will always keep close to my heart. This news is something you can never prepare for. Rest in peace Katia.

The pair represented Australia in an international competition, winning the junior world title in 2017, says ISU.

The 20-year-old Olympic figure skater Ekaterina Alexandrovskaya, who died in Moscow, was honored.
Olympic skater Ekaterina Alexandrovskaya, 2020.

"They made history as the first Australian skaters to win an ISU Championship title," the agency says. The pair won the ISU Junior Grand Prix Final title in 2017 and competed in the 2018 Olympic Winter Games.

They announced the end of their skating career as a team in early 2020.

"Due to health problems, Katia and I cannot continue," Windsor wrote on Instagram in February. "I want to take this opportunity to wish Katia the best in the future and a speedy recovery.

Conflicting information

There are contradictory theories about the cause of the fall. The Russian investigators initially made no statements about the cause of the fall. The Russian news agency TASS, on the other hand, speaks of suicide as the provisionally determined cause of death in the Alexandrovskaya case. Alexandrovskaya left a note with the inscription "I love".

Despite her young age, pair skater Alexandrovskaya already had an eventful career behind her. Because she had not made it to the national team in the strong Russian figure skating team, the Moscow-born figure skater teamed up with Australian runner Harley Windsor. In 2017, Alexandrovskaya also took on Australian citizenship.

Windsor was shocked by the tragic news. The Australian wrote in Instagram: "Words cannot describe how I feel. I am devastated. What we have accomplished together is something I will never forget and carry in my heart forever."

Epilepsy and depression

Together the pair became junior world champions under the Australian 2017 flag and finished 18th at the 2018 Olympics. But in January this year Alexandrovskaya career started to slide.

In January of this year, the young woman was diagnosed with epilepsy and subsequently ended her career. According to her trainer, she had already suffered from depression before that. In addition, she suffered numerous injuries, which apparently robbed the figure skating talent of the joy of the sport.

The news of Alexandrovskaya death is "deeply sad", the National Olympic Committee of Australia announced on Sunday. She had been "a lively and talented person and an incredible athlete". "Life since the 2018 Winter Games has not been easy for her," said Ian Chesterman, Chief of Mission of the Australian team in Pyeongchang. "This is another timely reminder of how fragile life is."

For Australian winter sports it is the second tragedy in a short time. Alex Pullin was killed in early July. The snowboard world champion had drowned at the age of 32 while spear-fishing near Palm Beach (Queensland).

Title 76 charactersOlympic skater Ekaterina Alexandrovskaya dies at age 20 | CNN
Description 125 charactersFigure skater Ekaterina Alexandrovskaya was born in Russia but competed for Australia at the 2018 Olympics.

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