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Ekaterina Alexandrovskaya (2000–2020), Olympic figure skater

by Linnea Crowther

Ekaterina Alexandrovskaya was a figure skater who left her native Russia to compete for Australia in the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea.

Making history for Australia

Alexandrovskaya was a native of Moscow and began skating as a child. In 2015, her coach paired her with Australian skater Harley Windsor, who had been seeking a partner. The two began competing internationally in 2016, finishing in 8th place at the Junior Grand Prix. In 2017, they became the first figure skaters from Australia to win an International Skating Union (ISU) championship when they won a Junior Grand Prix event in Nagoya, Japan. Alexandrovskaya applied for Australian citizenship and received it in 2017, just four months before the 2018 Winter Olympics. She and Windsor became the first Australian figure skaters to compete in the Olympics in 20 years, and they ranked 18th in the short program. The pair continued skating together until Alexandrovskaya’s retirement from skating in 2020, when she was diagnosed with epilepsy.

What people said about her

Full obituary: The Washington Post

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