“The ISU is shocked by the news of Ekaterina’s passing,” said ISU President Jan Dijkema in a statement on the organization’s website. “She was a talented pair skater and the Figure Skating community will miss her. We offer our deepest sympathies to her family, friends and teammates and mourn this tragic loss.”
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.”
“She was a talented pair skater and the figure skating community will miss her,” ISU President Jan Dijkema said in a statement posted to the organization’s website. “We offer our deepest sympathies to her family, friends and teammates and mourn this tragic loss.”
Alexandrovskaya was granted Australian citizenship to compete at the 2018 Winter Olympics and teamed with Harley Windsor, who became the first indigenous Australian to qualify for the Winter Olympics. The pair won the 2017 world juniors title.
Her coach, Andrei Khekalo, said Alexandrovskaya was diagnosed with epilepsy earlier this year.
“She was fearless. She was like a fish in the water,” he told AFP.
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.”