| 21 February 2024, Wednesday |

Alexandra Paul: Canadian Olympic figure skater dies in crash

Alexandra Paul, a 31-year-old Canadian Olympic figure skater, died in an automobile accident.

According to authorities, she was murdered on Tuesday when a truck collided with several stopped automobiles in Ontario.

Her baby, who was in the vehicle with her, survived and was treated in hospital for non-life threatening injuries.

Skate Canada described Ms Paul as a “shining star on and off the ice” who left a “indelible mark” on the world of figure skating.

She won a silver medal at the World Junior Figure Skating Championships in 2010 and represented Canada in the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi.

Alongside her partner and husband, Mitchell Islam, she won multiple international medals before retiring from competitive skating in 2016.

“It is with a heavy heart that Skate Canada announces the sudden passing of a cherished member of our skating community, Alexandra Paul,” the organisation said in a statement.

“As we remember Alexandra’s contributions to the sport, we also reflect on the camaraderie and sportsmanship she exemplified.

“She was not only an accomplished athlete but also a true role model for aspiring skaters, demonstrating the values of resilience, perseverance, and sportsmanlike conduct.

“Our thoughts are with Alexandra’s family, friends, and everyone who was fortunate enough to know her during this difficult time.”

Sports broadcaster Michele Tafoya wrote on X, formerly known as Twitter, that Ms Paul was such “an accomplished young woman”.