Former entire world junior pairs figure skating winner Ekaterina Alexandrovskaya mysteriously died on Friday, marking the 2nd death to hit the Australian Olympic group this thirty day period.
Alexandrovskaya, 20, died in her indigenous Russia on Friday, despite the fact that the specifics of her passing have been not promptly recognised, the Global Skating Union confirmed.
“It is with profound disappointment that the ISU figured out of the sudden and sudden passing of pair skater Ekaterina Alexandrovskaya (AUS) in Moscow,” a assertion posted to their web page read.
“The ISU is stunned by the news of Ekaterina’s passing,” ISU President Jan Dijkema stated in a assertion. “She was a talented pair skater and the Determine Skating group will miss her. We offer our deepest sympathies to her relatives, friends and teammates and mourn this tragic loss”
Alexandrovskaya was born in Russia but acquired her Australian citizenship in 2016 and represented the place at the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics with associate Harley Windsor.
The duo took home the world junior title in 2017 but Alexandrovskaya was compelled to retire this past February just after sustaining several injuries.
“Words can not explain how I truly feel ideal now, I am devastated and ill to my core about the sad and unexpected passing of Katia,” Windsor wrote in an Instagram put up. “The volume we experienced achieved all through our partnership is a thing I can hardly ever ignore and will generally maintain shut to my heart. This news is anything you can never ever get ready for. Relaxation In Peace Katia.”
Alexandrovskaya’s demise comes just months soon after two-time snowboard world winner Alex Pullin drowned whilst spearfishing off Australia’s Gold Coastline. The 2014 Winter season Olympian was learned by a snorkeler close to an synthetic reef before this month.
“Katia’s death is a further blow to our wintertime athletics local community who are even now reeling from our loss of ‘Chumpy’ Pullin,” Ian Chesterman, chef de mission for the Australian group in Pyeongchang, reported Friday.
Chesterman explained that Alexandrovskaya appeared to battle immediately after the 2018 Wintertime Olympics, although he did not say with what.
“Life considering the fact that the Game titles has not been quick for her and this is a different timely reminder of just how fragile daily life is.”
The Connected Press contributed to this report.