Canadian figure skater Alexandra Paul, 2014 Olympic ice dancer and former national junior champion, has died at the age of 31, Skate Canada has announced.
Police say Paul died in a car accident last Tuesday when a truck hit stopped vehicles in a construction zone in the rural township of Melanchthon in southern Ontario.
Her baby, Charles, was taken to a nearby hospital with non-life-threatening injuries from the incident.
Paul and his longtime ice dancing partner Mitchell Islam married in 2021 and she gave birth to their first child last year.
“It is with heavy hearts that Skate Canada announces the sudden passing of a dear member of our skating community, Alexandra Paul,” Skate Canada said in a statement.
It is with heavy hearts that Skate Canada announces the sudden passing of a dear member of our skating community, Alexandra Paul.
Our thoughts go out to family, friends and everyone who was lucky enough to know her 🙏 https://t.co/odyqnPVCSW
– Skate Canada / Patinage Canada (@SkateCanada) August 26, 2023
Paul and Islam won the Canadian National Junior Ice Dance crown in 2010 and finished second at the 2010 World Junior Championships.
They finished third three times at the Canadian national championships and placed 18th at the 2014 Sochi Olympic Winter Games. Paul and Islam were 10th at the 2014 worlds and 13th the following year.
The couple retired from competition in 2016.
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