Australian Olympic figure skater Ekaterina Alexandrovskaya dies aged 20

Jul 19, 2020
The 20-year-old competed with Australian pair skater Harley Windsor in the 2018 Winter Olympics. Source: Getty.

Australian Olympic figure skater Ekaterina Alexandrovskaya has reportedly died at the age of 20. According to a News.com.au report, the Russian born figure skater’s body was found near her house in Moscow by Russian law enforcement. She left behind a reported note which said: “I love”.

The 20-year-old, who was known as Katia, won the 2017 world junior championship alongside Australian pair skater Harley Windsor and competed with him in the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang where they finished 18th.

Windsor took to social media to share a moving tribute to his former partner, writing: “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.”

Australia’s 2018 Olympic chef de mission Ian Chesterman also paid tribute. “It is enormously sad to lose Katia, who was a vibrant and talented person and an incredible athlete,” he said in a statement released by the Australian Olympic Committee.

“She was quiet and humble in her manner but incredibly determined to be the best she could be. Katia was an important member of our Team in Pyeongchang, who loved the opportunity to compete with Harley and embraced her time in the Australian Olympic Team.

“We are all deeply saddened to hear the news today. Life since the Games has not been easy for her and this is another timely reminder of just how fragile life is.”

Meanwhile, the International Skating Union’s President 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.”

If you’re depressed or need someone to talk to, there are many 27/4 support lines available, including Lifeline on 13 11 14, the Suicide Call Back Service on 1300 659 467, MensLineAustralia on 1300 789 978 and Beyond Blue on 1300 224 636.

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