Figure skater Ekaterina Alexandrovskaya, who represented Australia in the 2018 Winter Olympics, died at the age of 20 in Moscow.
The original circumstances of her death are not clear yet. Alexandrovskaya was born in Moscow, Russia, and later on, obtained citizenship in Australia.
According to the Russian news agency Tass, she jumped to her death from her Moscow apartment and left behind a suicide note.
The career of Ekaterina Alexandrovskaya
Alexandrovskaya, along with her 23-year-old pair-skating partner Harley Windsor, became the first Australian pair competing at Olympics in ten years.
They couldn’t progress to the free skate because they ended up 18th in the short program, missing out on the top-16.
The pair nevertheless had won the 2017 world junior title- first Australian skaters to win the title.
They announced the end of their skating career as a pair in February 2020 since Alexandrovskaya experienced an epileptic seizure.
Windsor had announced the news on Instagram. He wrote, “Due to health concerns, Katia and I are unable to continue. I want to take this opportunity to wish Katia all the best in the future and a quick recovery.”
A tragedy mourned
Ever since the news of this tragedy broke, many came forth to express their grief at her passing away.
President of the International Skating Union (ISU), Jan Dijkema said, “The ISU is shocked by the news of Ekaterina’s passing. She was a talented pair skater and the Figure Skating community will miss her. We offer our deepest sympathies to her family, friends, and teammates and mourn this tragic loss.”
Windsor posted a tribute to Ekaterina ‘Katia’ Alexandrovskaya on Instagram on Saturday. He wrote, “Words can not describe how I feel right now, I am devastated and sick to my core about the sad and sudden passing of Katia. The amount we had achieved during our partnership is something I can never forget and will always hold close to my heart. This news is something you can never prepare for. Rest In Peace Katia.”
The chief executive of the Olympic Winter Institute of Australia, Geoff Lipshut said, “Katia and Harley were Australia’s first figure skating world champions. She came to Australia to fulfill her sporting dreams.
“The news today is so sad, my thoughts are with Katia’s family in Russia, Harley, and the skating community in Australia. I will remember Katia as a young person of great talent and remarkable potential.”