Olympic Figure Skater Ekaterina Alexandrovskaya Dies at 20

April 11, 2019

Olympic figure skater Ekaterina Alexandrovskaya has died at the age of 20, the International Skating Union confirmed Friday.

The Russian athlete died in Moscow, but other details of her death were not immediately available, according to the Associated Press.

“The International Skating Union is shocked by the news of Ekaterina’s death,” president Jan Dijkema said in a statement on the ISU’s website.” She was an incredibly talented pairs skater and will be missed by the figure skating community. We extend our deepest sympathies to her family, friends and teammates and mourn this tragic loss.”

Alexandrovskaya was born in Russia and received Australian citizenship in 2016. She represented Australia at the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics with skating partner Harley Windsor, where she finished 18th. The duo won the world junior title the previous year.

Alexandrovskaya retired from the sport in February due to injury. She and Windsor also announced the end of their partnership.

“Words cannot describe how I feel right now, I am heartbroken and sick to my stomach over Katia’s sudden passing,” Windsor wrote on Instagram after the news of her death, alongside a photo of her skating partner.

“What we accomplished during our time together is something I will never forget and I will always remember it with fondness.” He added.” This news is something you can never prepare for. Rest in peace, Katia.”

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Ian Chesterman, head of the Australian team at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, told The Associated Press that Alexandrovskaya was “very determined”.

“It’s a huge sadness to lose Katia, she was a dynamic and talented person and an incredible athlete,” Chesterman said.” She was quiet and humble, but incredibly determined to be the best she could be. She has not had an easy life since the Games and this is another timely reminder of how fragile life is.”