Australia Olympics Skater, Dies In Moscow At 20
Ekaterina Alexandrovskaya, who was born in Russia but competed for Australia in figure skating at the Olympics, has died in Moscow at the age of 20.
The cause of her death on Friday has not yet been disclosed. Alexandrovskaya retired in February due to injury.
She was granted Australian citizenship to compete at the 2018 winter Olympics with indigenous Australian pairs skating partner, Harley Windsor.
Windsor, who won the world juniors with her in 2017, said he was devastated.
Her coach, Andrei Khekalo, said Alexandrovskaya was diagnosed with epilepsy earlier this year.
Ian Chesterman, the Australian Olympics team chief in Pyeongchang in 2018, said: "Katia... Was a vibrant and talented person and an incredible athlete."
Alexandrovskaya broke barriers with Windsor, who became the first indigenous Australian to qualify for the Winter Olympics.
He had flown to Moscow to meet Alexandrovskaya, saying: "the first time we skated together we matched really well."