The Australian Olympic Committee has confirmed the dying of former world junior pairs determine skating champion Ekaterina Alexandrovskaya in Moscow. The reason for the 20-year-old Alexandrovskaya’s dying on Friday has not but been disclosed.

She was born in Russia however in 2016 obtained Australian citizenship and competed for her adopted nation on the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics with skating associate Harley Windsor. The pair received the 2017 world junior title. Alexandrovskaya retired from the game in February after sustaining a number of accidents.

Windsor, Australia’s first Indigenous athlete to compete at a Winter Olympics, mentioned he was “devastated” by the information of Alexandrovskaya’s dying. “The quantity we had achieved throughout our partnership is one thing I can always remember and can at all times maintain near my coronary heart,” he mentioned in an Instagram publish.

Ekaterina Alexandrovskaya and Harley Windsor of Australia compete during the Pair Skating Short Program on day five of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics at Gangneung Ice Arena on February 14, 2018 in Gangneung, South Korea.

Ekaterina Alexandrovskaya and Harley Windsor of Australia compete throughout the Pair Skating Quick Program on day 5 of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics at Gangneung Ice Area on February 14, 2018 in Gangneung, South Korea.  
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Ian Chesterman, chef de mission for the Australian staff in Pyeongchang, mentioned the information was a horrible blow for all those that knew the skater. “It’s enormously unhappy to lose Katia, who was a vibrant and gifted particular person and an unimaginable athlete,” Chesterman mentioned. “She was quiet and humble in her method however extremely decided to be the most effective she might be. Life because the Video games has not been simple for her and that is one other well timed reminder of simply how fragile life is.”

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It’s the second dying of an Australian Winter OIympian in 10 days. Alex Pullin, a two-time world champion snowboarder and three-time Olympian, drowned whereas spearfishing on July 8 on the Gold Coast north of Brisbane.

“Katia’s dying is one other blow to our winter sports activities neighborhood who’re nonetheless reeling from our lack of ‘Chumpy’ Pullin,” Chesterman mentioned.

Geoff Lipshut, chief govt of the Olympic Winter Institute of Australia, mentioned Alexandrovskaya has a particular place within the nation’s sports activities historical past. “Katia and Harley have been Australia’s first determine skating world champions,” Lipshut mentioned. “She got here to Australia to meet her sporting goals. The information right this moment is so unhappy, my ideas are with Katia’s household in Russia, Harley and the skating neighborhood in Australia. I’ll keep in mind Katia as a teenager of nice expertise and noteworthy potential.”

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