Olympic figure skater, medalist Denis Ten dies after stabbing in Kazakhstan

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Kazakstan’s Denis Ten competes within the Males Free Skating in the course of the Internationaux de France ISU Grand Prix of Determine Skating in Grenoble, France final November. 

Kazakh determine skater and Olympic medalist Denis Ten died Thursday after being stabbed in an assault within the streets of the nation’s largest metropolis, a high Kazakh official confirmed on social media. He was 25.

Kazakh Minister of Tradition and Sports activities Arystanbek Mukhamediuly wrote in a Fb submit that Ten, the primary determine skater from Kazakhstan to earn an Olympic medal, died of stab wounds after thieves tried to steal the mirrors off his automotive in Almaty, Kazakhstan.

An emergency surgical procedure to save lots of Ten’s life was unsuccessful, Mukhamediuly added.

“That is an unthinkable tragedy and irreparable loss,” Mukhamediuly wrote within the submit, in response to a translation from Kazakh information company Kazinform.

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The Worldwide Skating Union and Worldwide Olympic Committee additionally confirmed Ten’s dying on Twitter on Thursday morning.

“Denis Ten was an incredible athlete and an incredible ambassador for his sport,” IOC president Thomas Bach mentioned in an announcement. “A heat character and an enthralling man. Such a tragedy to lose him at such a younger age.”

Ten was one in all Kazakhstan’s most achieved particular person athletes and its most distinguished determine skater. He twice medaled on the World Determine Skating Championships — incomes a silver in 2013 and a bronze in 2015 — and gained bronze on the 2014 Olympic Video games in Sochi.

U.S. Olympian Adam Rippon was amongst these within the figure-skating group to pay tribute to Ten on social media.

“(Ten) was so form to everybody and an enormous inspiration to me and so many different individuals,” Rippon wrote on Twitter on Thursday morning. “Murdered within the streets of Kazakhstan. Denis, thanks for exhibiting us how you can be a champion. Your time with us was manner too quick. Love you endlessly.”