◼️ The Kazakh Denis Ten, who won the silver in Sochi 2014, lost his life in the middle of a robbery.
Olympic figure skating medalist Denis Ten was killed on Thursday after having an argument with people who tried to steal a side mirror from his car in Almaty, the Kazakh city where he was born, according to reports from local news agencies.
Doctors announced that the 25-year-old skater died in the Almaty hospital and prosecutors in Kazakhstan said he handled the case as murder.
Born in Kazakhstan to a family of Korean descent, Ten hanged himself the bronze medal at the Sochi Olympics in 2014 to become the first Kazakh Olympic figure skating medalist.
Canadian skater Patrick Chan, who won the silver medal in the same competition, said on Twitter that he felt “honored and grateful to have shared the ice with Ten.”
“One of the most beautiful skaters who have given grace to our sport, my deepest sympathy to his family during this unimaginable moment.”
The International Skating Union claimed to be “deeply saddened” by the news of Ten’s death.
“Today is a really bleak day for all of us who knew and loved this young skater and were inspired by his talent and creativity,” the president of the Kazakhstan Olympic Committee said in a statement.
Timur Kulibayev. “Throughout his sports career, Denis was an example with his motivation, strength and his personality as a champion.”
Ten also won the Four Continents Championship in 2015, and was a silver medalist in the 2013 world championship.
Ten had dealt with injuries in recent years and could only be ranked 27th in the Pyeongchang Olympics in February.
Ten had not formally retired from figure skating but in recent months he often talked about continuing his studies in economics and his plans to write a screenplay for cinema.