Harley & Katya, a new feature-length figure skating documentary on Netflix, has been a huge hit with viewers, with many praising its unflinching honesty and sensitive handling of a heartbreaking story.
From 2015 to 2020, the titular duo represented Australia, with the early years proving particularly fruitful, including a gold medal at the Junior World Championships in 2017, which qualified them for the 2018 Winter Olympics.
However, the pressure became unbearable, and their glittering skating career together ended due to injury, health issues, and coaching changes. Katya Alexandrovskaya died by suicide on July 18, 2020.
Katya was depressed before her death.
Who is Katya Alexandrovskaya?
Ekaterina Dmitriyevna Alexandrovskaya, who died on July 18, 2020, was a Russian and Australian skater. She was well-known for her pair figure skating with Harley Windsor. They won several competitions together, including the 2017 CS Tallinn Trophy and the 2018 CS U.S. Classic, where they received bronze medals.
In addition, they won the Australian national championship twice, in 2017 and 2019.
What happened to Katya?
Although it has not been officially confirmed, it is believed that Ekaterina fell from the sixth-floor balcony of a residential building.
According to the reports, based on information from Russian law enforcement, she appears to have committed suicide.
Katia’s mental health had deteriorated after she was allegedly diagnosed with epilepsy. She had to give up figure skating due to her condition. The reports also say that the skater had been drinking before falling from the balcony.
According to a Channel 5 report, Katia felt “forced” to work at a strip club to make ends meet. When her daughter was discovered dead, her mother was allegedly hospitalized “with shock.”
Who is Harley?
Harley Windsor, born on October 22, 1996, is a well-known Australian pair skater. His collaboration with the talented Ekaterina Alexandrovskaya resulted in several notable achievements and accolades in the world of figure skating.
Harley and Ekaterina won the Junior World Championship in 2017, demonstrating their exceptional skills and synchronicity on the ice.
This victory was a watershed moment in their partnership, demonstrating their ability to compete at the highest levels of the sport.
Their success continued when they won the 2017 CS Tallinn Trophy, further solidifying their position in the competitive figure skating community.
They also took bronze at the 2017 CS Nebelhorn Trophy, demonstrating their consistency and prowess in international competitions.
Where is Harley Today?
Harley continues to compete in figure skating. The athlete teamed up with another Russian-born skater, Maria Chernyshova, in August 2021, and they competed together during the unsuccessful 2021-22 skating season, which saw their partnership dissolve by the season’s end.
In July 2023, Windsor announced that she would switch allegiances to compete for South Korea and be partnered with Canadian-born Korean skater Cho Hye-jin for the 2023-24 season.