A former Canadian Olympic figure skater, Alexandra Paul, has died in a collision involving seven vehicles in Ontario.
As reported by the Associated Press (AP), 31-year-old Alexandra was in a vehicle with her baby on Tuesday when police say a transport truck entered a construction zone on Country Road 124 in Melancthon Township and crashed into the lineup of stopped cars.
Her baby survived and was taken to a children’s hospital to be treated for non-life-threatening injuries.
Skate Canada, while confirming her death, described the late Alexandra as a ‘shining star on and off the ice’ who left an indelible mark on the world of figure skating.
It noted that the deceased was not only an accomplished athlete but also a true role model for aspiring skaters, demonstrating the values of resilience, perseverance, and sportsmanlike conduct.
“It is with a heavy heart that Skate Canada announces the sudden passing of a cherished member of our skating community, Alexandra Paul. As we remember her contributions to the sport, we also reflect on the camaraderie and sportsmanship she exemplified.”
During her career, she won a silver medal at the World Junior Figure Skating Championships in 2010 and represented Canada at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games.
Alongside her partner and husband, Mitchell Islam, she won multiple international medals before retiring from competitive skating in 2016.