Harley Windsor will become Australia's first Indigenous Winter Olympian when he competes in Pyeongchang in figure skating
November 9, 2017
Article from sbs.com.au
Figure skater Harley Windsor will become Australia's first Indigenous Winter Olympian when he pairs with new citizen Ekaterina Alexandrovskaya in Pyeongchang.
The duo qualified Australia for a pairs berth at the February Games and their selections have been confirmed alongside fellow figure skaters Brendan Kerry and Kailani Craine who will compete individually.
The quartet is the first confirmed Australian team selections for the Games, with Kerry the only with Olympic experience.
Kerry, 23, will contest his second Olympics after Sochi four years ago, while Craine was selected after winning this year's international CS Nebelhorn Trophy.
Russian-born Alexandrovskaya, who received Australian citizenship last month, paired with Windsor earlier this year to win the world junior championship.
Windsor, 20, and Alexandrovskaya (also known as Katia), 17, have only been skating together since 2015.
"To be honest, at first, I didn't know it was going to go so well," Windsor said.
"But as we started skating more and more together, we started to figure each other out a bit more.
"I think it worked so well because she's a bit more fiery and I'm a bit more calm, so it kind of balances out."
Speaking with SBS News earlier this year, Windsor said his goal was to show the world that Australians can take on figure skating and win.
“I want to show them that it doesn’t have to be Russia, Canada, America, China that are winning all the time,” he said at the time.
Windsor said he starting skating by accident - when he was nine his mother took a wrong turn that saw them go past the now-closed Blacktown ice rink in Sydney's west.
The accident was a life-changing moment for Windsor, as the novelty of skating sparked his interest in the sport.
"I ended up liking it, it was something really different to normal rugby and stuff like that," he said.
"And I asked to go back the next week and the next week and I really enjoyed it and it just took off from there.”
“I don’t think my parents thought it would stick as long as it did. They thought it would just pass by, but here I am.”