Winter Olympics 2018: Australian pair Ekaterina Alexandrovskaya and Harley Windsor miss out on medal chance
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Winter Olympics 2018: Australian pair Ekaterina Alexandrovskaya and Harley Windsor miss out on medal chance

History-making Australian Harley Windsor and figure skating partner Ekaterina Alexandrovskaya have fallen short of the medal competition at the Winter Olympics.

The pair gave themselves a chance to progress from the short program after skating almost cleanly but their score of 61.55 wasn't enough for the top-16 cut-off.

Smooth sailing: Ekaterina Alexandrovskaya and Harley Windsor.

Smooth sailing: Ekaterina Alexandrovskaya and Harley Windsor.

Photo: JULIE JACOBSON

The finished 18th of the 22 entrants, well off the 82.39 benchmark set by China's Wenjing Sui and Cong Hang in PyeongChang on Wednesday..

The Australian pair displayed a mixture of delight and relief when they stepped off the ice at Gangneung Arena having landed their throws.

But they were brought down with a slight wobble by Russian born Alexandrovskaya on the second throw.

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To Hidden Citizen's cover of the Rolling Stones classic Paint It Black, they nailed their opening element, a triple twist.

Crowned world junior champions last year, 21-year-old Windsor and 16-year-old Alexandrovskaya were short of their season-best 66.45.

The second to skate, they finished ahead of entrants from Israel, Austria, Japan and hosts South Korea, who slipped on their first throw.

In competing, Windsor became Australia's first indigenous Winter Olympian.

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His unique story has been the focus of much media attention in PyeongChang.

From modest upbringings in a big western Sydney family, he stumbled across an ice rink a decade ago after getting lost driving with his mother.

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