Sporting world in shock over young Olympian's stabbing death

Olympic medalist Denis Ten killed during robbery in Almaty

Denis Ten, a Kazakh figure skater of Korean descent, has been stabbed to death at age 25, a Kazakhstan news agency reported Thursday.

Authorities in Kazakhstan said today a man has been detained and confessed to killing the Olympic figure skating medalist Denis Ten.

Ten also won silver at the 2013 World Figure Skating Championship and took bronze at the same tournament in 2015.

Ten, a native of Kazakhstan, was reportedly attacked and stabbed by two unknown men trying to steal mirrors from his auto, according to Russian news agency TASS.

"The International Skating Union is deeply saddened by the news from media in Kazakhstan announcing the passing of Figure Skater Denis Ten", the organization tweeted out.

Kazakhstan's Sports and Culture Minister Arystanbek Mukhamediuly called Ten's death an "irreparable loss" for the country. A warm personality and a charming man. "Such a tragedy to lose him at such a young age", International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach said.


Ten was rushed to the hospital, remaining in critical condition until he died from his injuries three hours later.

FILE PHOTO: Bronze medallist Kazakhstan's Denis Ten celebrates during the victory ceremomy after the figure skating men's free skating program at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, February 15, 2014.

"He was an inspiration for many people", said American skater Adam Rippon.

"Murdered in the streets of Kazakhstan".

We offer our deepest condolences to Denis Ten's family and friends during this painful time. I give my most-sincere condolences to your family and friends. In the latest games he finished 27. "Your time with us was way too short".

Ten competed in three Olympic Games: Vancouver in 2010, Sochi in 2014 and Pyeongchang in 2018.

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