Ekaterina Alexandrovskaya, who was born in Russia but competed for Australia in determine skating at the Olympics, has died in Moscow at the age of 20.
The induce of her dying on Friday has not yet been disclosed. Alexandrovskaya retired in February owing to injury.
She was granted Australian citizenship to compete at the 2018 Winter Olympics with indigenous Australian pairs skating lover, Harley Windsor.
Windsor, who received the world juniors with her in 2017, stated he was devastated.
“The volume we had realized for the duration of our partnership is a thing I can under no circumstances overlook and will constantly keep near to my heart,” Windsor wrote on Instagram.
Her mentor, Andrei Khekalo, stated Alexandrovskaya was identified with epilepsy before this 12 months.
“She was fearless. She was like a fish in the h2o,” he explained to AFP.
Ian Chesterman, the Australian Olympics team chief in Pyeongchang in 2018, mentioned: “Katia… was a vivid and proficient particular person and an unbelievable athlete.”
Alexandrovskaya broke barriers with Windsor, who grew to become the to start with indigenous Australian to qualify for the Winter season Olympics.
He experienced flown to Moscow to meet Alexandrovskaya, saying: “The initial time we skated together we matched genuinely nicely.”
It is the next loss of life of an Australian Wintertime Olympian in 10 times.
Alex Pullin, a two-time globe winner snowboarder and 3-time Olympian, drowned though spearfishing past 7 days on Australia’s Gold Coastline.