Australian Olympic skater, Ekaterina Alexandrovskaya dies at age 20

Alexandrovskaya competed for her adopted country at the 2018 Winter Olympics. Photo: Getty Images

Moscow, Russia – Russian national, Ekaterina Alexandrovskaya, who competed for Australian figure skating at Olympics has died in Moscow on Friday at the age of 20.

The cause of her death has not yet been disclosed to the public. Alexandrovskaya had retired in February due to injury.

To compete at the 2018 Winter Olympics, Alexandrovskaya was granted Australian citizenship with the indigenous Australian pairs skating partner, Harley Windsor.

Windsor had won the world juniors with Alexandrovskaya in 2017. Harley said that he was devastated and had wrote on Instagram that “The amount we had achieved during our partnership is something I can never forget and will always hold close to my heart.”

Alexandrovskaya had broken barriers with Windsor, who became the first indigenous Australian to qualify for the Winter Olympics.

Alexandrovskaya’s coach, Andrei Khekalo had mentioned that she was diagnosed with epilepsy earlier this year.

“She was fearless. She was like a fish in the water,” he told AFP.

This is the second death of an Australian Winter Olympian over the past 10 days. A two-time world champion snowboarder and three-time Olympian, Alex Pullin had drowned and passed away as well while spearfishing during the past week on Australia’s Gold Coast.