Alexandra Paul, Canadian Olympic figure skater, dies in car accident aged 31

According to Skate Canada, former Olympic figure skater Alexandra Paul has died. she was 31

Paul who represented Canada at the 2014 Winter Olympicsdied Tuesday in a seven-vehicle collision in Melancthon Township, a rural community in Dufferin County, Ontario.

According to police, a van pulled into a construction site on Highway 124 before crashing into a line of parked cars. Paul and her young son were in one of the vehicles.

Paul did not survive the collision and was pronounced dead at the scene. The baby was reportedly taken to the hospital for treatment of his non-life-threatening injuries.

Skate Canada, the country's governing body for the sport, described Paul as “a shining star on and off the ice.”

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“Alexandra's dedication, passion and remarkable talent left an indelible mark on the world of figure skating,” Skate Canada said in a statement.

“As we remember Alexandra's contributions to the sport, we also reflect on the camaraderie and sportsmanship she exemplified,” they continued. “Not only was she an accomplished athlete, but she was a true role model for aspiring skaters, demonstrating the values ​​of resilience, endurance and athleticism.”

Paul and her partner and husband Mitchell Islam competed together to win several international medals. Together they won three Canadian championship medals and placed 18th at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.

Paul retired from competitive figure skating in 2016.

She and Islam welcomed their first child together last year.

– With files from The Associated Press

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