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Australian Olympic skater, Ekaterina Alexandrovskaya dies at 20

Ekaterina Alexandrovskaya, an Australian Olympics skater died in Moscow at the age of 20.

Ekaterina retired in February after she was diagnosed with epilepsy.

Local media reported that she fell out of a sixth-floor window in central Moscow leaving behind a note which read “I love” in Russian, suggesting she may have died by suicide.

She was born in Russia, but granted Australian citizenship to compete at the 2018 Winter Olympics with indigenous Australian pairs skating partner, Harley Windsor.

Windsor, who won the world juniors with her in 2017, said he was devastated.

“The amount we had achieved during our partnership is something I can never forget and will always hold close to my heart,” Windsor wrote on Instagram.

Ekaterina is the second Australian Winter Olympian to die suddenly this month after snowboarder Alex Pullin drowned while spearfishing off a Gold Coast beach on July 8.

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