Tragic news has reached us that Olympic Figure Skater Ekaterina Alexandrovskaya has passed away. She was just twenty-years-old.
Here's the full story...
Ekaterina Alexandrovskaya was a figure skating champion.
Alexandrovskaya started learning to skate in 2004...
But it was when she partnered with Harley Windsor where things really took off for the star.
via: Getty ImagesThe 2 began skating together in 2015 and went on to become extremely successful within the sport.
Their international debut came in early September 2016 at the Junior Grand Prix...
via: Getty ImagesAfter showing huge promise, the following year, the pair made their senior debut.
The skating partners won the world junior title in 2017.
via: Getty ImagesAnd they didn't stop there.
via: Getty ImagesThe pair competed in the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, and while they place eighteenth in the short program, it's an impressive accolade in itself to compete at the Olympics.
In recent years, however, Alexandrovskaya faced several challenges.
It was later revealed that the pair had parted ways because Alexandrovskaya was retiring from the sport.
Just months after her retirement was announced...
The tragic news was confirmed by The Australian Olympic Committee.
After the news emerged, her former skating partner spoke out in an emotional Instagram post.
via: Getty ImagesWindsor said he was “devastated" by the news of Alexandrovskaya’s death. "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."
He concluded his post by expressing his shock at the news.
Ian Chesterman, chef de mission for the Australian team in Pyeongchan, also spoke out.
The Chief executive of the Olympic Winter Institute of Australia spoke of how she " has a special place in the country's sports history."they said.
She has been described as having "remarkable potential."
Tributes have been flooding in for the skating star.
It's clear that this terrible news has come as a huge shock.
The skating family mourns the loss of Ekaterina Alexandrovskaya (AUS). The ISU shares its heartfelt condolences wit… https://t.co/KJyRDlp55s— ISU Figure Skating (@ISU Figure Skating)1595074351.0
The skating community has been left heartbroken.
The impact she had on the sport won't be forgotten.
I’m so shocked to hear of the death of Ekaterina Alexandrovskaya. She was a fighter who gave her whole heart to thi… https://t.co/nOU3U2ZjLK— Isabel 🖤 (@Isabel 🖤)1595085954.0
She achieved some major milestones...
And the news of her sudden death is utterly heartbreaking.
We are devastated to hear about the passing of Ekaterina Alexandrovskaya. The milestones she achieved with her part… https://t.co/gDUsfpzFZj— Anything GOEs (@Anything GOEs)1595065520.0
Many spoke of how much of a "lovely" person she was both on and off the ice.
"Please keep her loved ones in your thoughts and prayers."
We must acknowledge the tragic passing of World Junior Champion, Ekaterina Alexandrovskaya. Katia brought many vict… https://t.co/99frWPCbFI— Makar Ignatov: Skater Positivity (@Makar Ignatov: Skater Positivity)1595065816.0
She'll be truly missed.
People are struggling to come to terms with the shocking news.
#ekaterinaalexandrovskaya we will miss you 💔 https://t.co/5cy71eRKru— your skaters (@your skaters)1595106698.0