Ekaterina Alexandrovskaya, Australian skater of Russian origin, junior world champion in 2017, died this Saturday, July 18, 2020. - GEOFF ROBINS / 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.
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.
Health problems recently discovered
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.
Harley Windsor said she was "devastated and sick in the depths of her heart by the sad and sudden death of Katia", 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.
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Words can not describe how I feel right now, I am devastated and sick to my core about the sad and sudden passing of Katia. 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.
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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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