It was news that no one expected or ever wanted to find out today. Denis Ten died in his hometown of Almaty, Kazakhstan, today after he was stabbed during an attempted robbery. He was 25.
Ten was a pioneer in figure skating for Kazakhstan, winning his home country its first ever World Championships medal (silver in 2013) and first ever Olympic medal (bronze in 2014).
But even more than that, he was known as a brilliantly artistic skater, with a sense of edge and movement that few in the world could rival. His greatest programs leave you speechless because of their sheer all-around quality
His life was taken much too soon; his heart and passion will always be with us through his skating.
His talent was so much more than just being an athlete. He constantly amazed me with his capabilities and his passions in life. Denis, you were taken too soon from us. I think the entire community in in shock from this, and this loss will be felt for quite a while. https://t.co/3cY5PsZoOd— Ashley Wagner (@AshWagner2010) July 19, 2018