Olympic Medalist Denis Ten Dies Of Stab Wound Aged 25

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Olympic medalist Denis Ten has been stabbed to death, he was only 25 years old.

Ten rosed to prominence as a figure skater representing Kazakhstan, he won the bronze medal at the Sochi Winter Games in 2014.

Reports claim Ten was stabbed in the thigh as two men tried to steal his car mirrors.

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The incident took place in Almaty today (July 19), the two-time World Championship medallist was immediately rushed to hospital but died three hours later as a result of his injuries, BBC Sport reports.

A spokesperson for the Kazakhstan government released a statement shortly after his death, which stated:

Unfortunately, he is not with us anymore.

In a press statement from the Kazhakstan police, obtained by The Mirror, they said:

Denis Yurevich Ten spotted two unknown men who tried to steal mirrors from his car.

In a brawl which took place at the scene Ten was wounded with a knife. The incident is being investigated by police, all members of Almaty’s department of internal affairs are involved in the operation aimed at identifying and detaining the criminals.

American figure skater Adam Rippon wrote on Twitter:

My skating friend, @Tenis_Den, passed away today. He was so kind to everyone and a huge inspiration to me and so many other people. Murdered in the streets of Kazakhstan. Denis, thank you for showing us how to be a champion. Your time with us was way too short. Love you forever.

His former training partner and bronze medalist, Mirai Nagasu – also from America – posted a tribute to Ten which read:

The news of @Tenis_Den ‘s murder hits especially hard for me since I used to train with him. His commitment to his training was something I always admired. It’s hard to believe he is no longer with us and that he’ll no longer be able to share his talents with us.

Canadian skater, and three-time Olympian, Scott Moir wrote:

So sad to hear of Denis Ten’s tragic passing. He was as kind as he was talented. It was an honour to share the ice with him. You will be greatly missed, Denis.

Denis Ten made his debut in 2010 at the Vancouver Games, he also competed in this year’s Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, in February. He finished in 27th after a season which was riddled with injuries.

Ten picked up the bronze medal in the 2014 Winter Olympics Games – the first ever Olympic medal for Kazakhstan in figure skating – as well as bagging two world title medals in 2013 (silver) and 2015 (bronze).

Kazakhstan’s minister of culture and sport, Arystanbek Mukhamediuly, paid tribute to the champion figure skater. He said:

Denis Ten was an incredible figure skater, the legend of our sport, our pride.

This is an unthinkable tragedy and irreparable loss.

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In 2015 he spoke about his pride of representing his home country, Kazakhstan, and what it means to have an Olympic medal.

Speaking to The Guardian, Ten said:

It was a great surprise. It was a first [Olympic figure skating ] medal for my country. I’m grateful to people, they still congratulate me … Mostly I was happy for my parents and for my coaches who were so supportive despite all the challenges we had to overcome.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to Denis Ten’s family and friends during this extremely difficult time.

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