Canadian figure skater Alexandra Paul died in a multi-vehicle accident in the province of Ontario last Tuesday. she was 31
Paul was pronounced dead at the scene of the seven-car crash that occurred in Melancthon Township, about 60 miles northwest of Toronto.
Their one-year-old son, Charlie, was also in the car and was later rushed to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. according to the Ontario Provincial Police. Three other people were injured in the accident.
Skate Canada, the sport’s national governing body, mourned for Paul in a statement on Friday celebrating the ice dancer’s life and “glamorous career.”
“Her commitment to excellence was only matched by her warmth and friendliness, which endeared her to fellow athletes, coaches and fans alike.”
Paul represented Canada at the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Russia, competing with partner and future husband Mitchell Islam. The pair also won three Canadian Championship medals and were bronze medalists at the 2013 Nebelhorn Trophy.
Paul and Islam began their partnership on the ice in 2009 when they were both still playing in junior leagues.
After their retirement together In 2016, Paul graduated from the University of Windsor with a law degree. She started her practice as a practicing lawyer in 2021.
Paul and Islam married that same year and welcomed Charlie in late 2022.
Islam’s father David issued a heartbreaking statement about their loss, saying the “tragedy that befell the Paul and Islam families on Tuesday afternoon was unimaginable.”
He thanked people for their tremendous support before asking to give his son “time and space to deal with the loss of his perfect partner and mother to Charles.”
A GoFundMe was set up to support Paul and Islam’s son. As of Sunday, the company has raised $200,000, far exceeding its original goal of $40,000.