Olympic Figure Skater Has Died Aged 20 After Falling From Window
An Olympic figure skater has died aged 20 after falling from a window.
Russian athlete Ekaterina Alexandrovskaya 'died on the spot' after falling from a building in Moscow, according to reports.
The circumstances that surround her death are 'being clarified', as reported by Russian news site Izvestiu.
She was born in the capital in 2000, before going on to win the Australian National Champion for pair skating twice, along with her 23-year-old partner, Harley Windsor. They also won the 2017 World Junior pairs' title, as well as representing Australia in PyeongChang at the 2018 Winter Olympics.
Windsor, whose parents have Aboriginal heritage, became the first Indigenous Australian to compete at the Winter Olympics.
The couple became the first Australian pair-skaters to make it to the Olympics in ten years. The pair came 18th, narrowly missing out on being in the top 16 pairs who could progress into the free skate.
The pair split up in February, just after Alexandrovskaya retired due to health problems.
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Posting on social media, Windsor said: "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."
View this post on InstagramWords 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.
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The pair were first introduced in 2015, after Windsor's Russian coach said he should go to Moscow to find a partner.
Both were struggling to find the right partner, having been classically trained pairs' specialists.
After meeting and training together, Alexandrovskaya applied for Australian citizenship. She was granted it in October 2017, four months before the Winter Games.
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