Olympic bronze medalist figure skater stabbed to death

Ksenia Novikova
Jul 23, 2018
11:40 A.M.
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The first Kazakhstan figure-skater to win an Olympic medal, Denis Ten, was tragically killed on Thursday. It’s been reported that he was stabbed to death.


According to Kazinform, he was stabbed when two men tried to steal his car mirrors. He was taken to hospital but died later in the afternoon.

Olympic figure-skater, Denis Ten, 25, died after being stabbed by two men in the country’s largest city, Almaty at the intersection of Kurmangazy and Baiseitova streets. He was found unconscious by pedestrians on the street and was rushed to a hospital where he underwent surgery.

The stab wound in the thigh caused the athlete to lose 3 liters of blood. He remained in critical condition and hung on for almost 3 hours but died around 3 p.m. local time


Kazakhstan authorities are treating his death as a murder. At the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Ten won bronze and at the 2013 and 2015 world championships he won silver and bronze respectively.

For more on this story go to our Twitter account @amomama_usa. At this year’s Olympics in South Korea, he finished 27th as he was hampered by injuries


"Unfortunately, he is not with us anymore."

A spokesman of the ministry Yernar Akimkulov, Kazinform, July 19, 2018

In 2015, the athlete born in Kazakhstan to a family of Korean descent spoke of how much the Olympic medal meant for his country and those close to him. “It was a great surprise. It was a first [Olympic figure skating] medal for my country,” he said.

He added that he was grateful to the people and they still congratulated him. Ten stated that he was mostly happy for his parents and his coaches who were so supportive despite all the challenges they had to overcome.


‘The ISU is deeply saddened by the news from media in Kazakhstan announcing the passing of Figure Skater Denis Ten,’ the International Skating Union said in a statement on Thursday. They also shared their condolences with his family, friends, and fans across the world.

US figure-skater Adam Rippon also paid tribute to Ten on Twitter. He remembered him as his ‘skating friend’ who was ‘kind to everyone and a huge inspiration’ to him and so many other people.

Mirai Nagasu, who won bronze at this year’s Olympics, was Ten’s former training partner. The American skater shared on Twitter how Ten’s death hit her the hardest.

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