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Harley Windsor

Harley Windsor

Athlete Biography

Harley Windsor will be Australia’s first Indigenous Winter Olympian as he joins partner Katia Alexandrovskaya in Pairs Figure Skating for PyeongChang 2018.

The 20-year-old from Rooty Hill in Sydney’s west started the sport as a nine-year-old, after he was inspired by skaters at the Blacktown ice rink. He worked with Russian coaches Galina and Andrei Pachin at the Canterbury Ice Rink, who trained him in the elegant Russian style; which matched perfectly with Alexandrovskaya’s technique from her Russian skating heritage when their pair were introduced in late 2015.

Windsor made his international debut with Katia at the Junior Grand Prix in Czech Republic in September 2016. They placed eighth overall in what was Windsor’s second-ever pairs competition. The dynamic duo has been the first Australians to make an ISU Final event and to win an ISU event.

The pair made history when they won the 2017 Junior World Figure Skating Championships in Taipei City, Taiwan. Coming into the final round ranked third after the short program, the Aussie couple defeated their rivals from the world’s skating powerhouse nations to claim the gold medal in a confident and attacking free program. Their performance followed a ground-breaking gold medal at a Junior Grand Prix in Estonia in 2016, another first for Australian figure skating.

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Olympic Information

  • On Olympic debut at PyeongChang 2018

Recent Performances

  • 3rd - 2017 Nebelhorn Trophy (Oberstdorf, Germany)
  • 1st - Junior World Championships (Taipei, Taiwan)

Career Highlights

  • Winning the 2017 Junior World Championships.
  • Finishing third at the 2017 Nebelhorn Trophy to secure Australia a quota place for PyeongChang 2018.
  • Winning our first ever Junior Grand Prix in Tallin.

Training

  • Coach
    Andrei & Galina Pachin (2008 - current)
  • Primary Training Base
    Moscow, Russia
  • Secondary Training Base
    Sydney, Australia

Q&A

Superstition/s
Left skate on first and I put my right leg in my pants before my left leg
Favourite food
Oats and honey
Favourite holiday destination
Sweden
I would spend my last $10 on
Give it someone else
If I could try another Olympic sport it would be
Snowboarding
Most Influential person in your career/life
Parents