Moscow (AFP)

Australian skater Ekaterina Alexandrovskaya, world junior champion in 2017, died at the age of 20 after falling from a window in Moscow, her coach announced on Saturday, local media suggesting he could be suicide.

The young athlete's coach, Andrei Khekalo, told AFP that the young woman had fallen from a window on the sixth floor of a building in central Moscow.

Russian media claimed that she left a note suggesting that it may have been suicide.

In 2017, the young woman was crowned junior world champion with the Australian Harley Windsor, the first aboriginal to compete in the Winter Olympics, in 2018 in Pyeongchang, where the couple took 18th place.

Windsor said he was "devastated and sick in the depths of his heart by Katia's sad and sudden death", in a message posted on Instagram.

The two skaters had ended their collaboration last February because, according to Windsor, of "health problems" of his partner.

According to Ekaterina Alexandrovskaya's trainer, she was diagnosed with epilepsy in January and decided to give up her career. He added that even before this diagnosis, she suffered from depression.

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