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The figure skater from Kazakhstan, who took the “bronze” at the Olympics in Sochi, died of stab wounds. He tried to prevent the robbers

Denis Tenu was 25 years old: because of his death he mourns the whole sports world.

Denis Ten. Photo by RIA Novosti

On July 19, 25-year-old Kazakh figure skater Denis Ten died from wounds in Almaty , the bronze medalist of the Winter Olympics in Sochi and the medalist of the World Championships in figure skating. According to the investigation, the athlete was hit with a knife day in the center of the city – he was attacked by robbers who tried to steal mirrors from his car.

The death of Tena became a surprise for Kazakhstan and the sports world. His condolences were expressed by the country’s president, president of the International Olympic Committee and a colleague of a young figure skater.

Murder due to mirrors

Denis Ten – Honored Master of Sports of the Republic of Kazakhstan, who became the champion of the country five times in single figure skating. At the age of 10 he moved to Moscow and worked with coaches Elena Buyanova and Tatyana Tarasova, and in 2008 became the first figure skater in the history of Kazakhstan to win the medal of the International Union of Skaters.

In 2014, Ten represented the country at the Olympic Games in Sochi and took third place in the men’s singles tournament. In the same year he was recognized theathletes of the year in Kazakhstan. In 2018, he went to the Olympics in Pyeongchang, but did not win medals. In an interview with “R-Sport”, Ten told that his main goal was “to remember people by what I do on the ice.”

July 19 athlete went to his car and saw that unknown people are trying to unscrew mirrors from him. Between the Ten and the robbers a fight ensued, after which the skater got a knife wound in the thigh. According to the Ministry of Health, at the time of admission to the hospital, he lost about three liters of blood.

Doctors fought for the life of the athlete for two hours, but could not save him. “An emergency operation, a consultation of the best doctors, to save Denis would be a miracle. We until the last believed in a miracle. Unfortunately, it did not happen, “the Kazakh Sports Minister said .


Attorney General Kairat Kozhamzharov took an investigation into the murder of Denis Tena under personal control. The case was taken up by a group of “the most experienced employees” of the Department of Internal Affairs of Astana.

Denis Tena’s car after the attack
According to the police, they have signs of suspects, but they refused to disclose them. It is known that we are talking about two “unidentified persons”. The Department of Internal Affairs announced remuneration for any information about the murderers of Denis Tena.

In the evening of July 19, there were memorial events dedicated to the figure skater. People brought flowers to the place of the athlete’s death in Alamat and on the square in the capital of the country Astana.

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The reaction of Kazakhstan and the sports world

I was deeply saddened by the news of the tragic death of Denis Y. Tena, a famous Kazakhstani athlete, the bronze medalist of the 2014 Winter Olympics. Please accept my condolences in connection with this irreparable loss.

He made a significant contribution to the formation and development of the national figure skating school, the promotion of Kazakhstan’s sport at the highest level. His outstanding achievements have glorified our country, contributing to the popularization of sport among the youth.

Nursultan Nazarbaev
head of Kazakhstan

It was an honor to share the ice with Denis. He is one of the skaters who decorated our sport. All my thoughts with his family at this unimaginable time. I was lucky that I have memories of Denis, which I will always keep.

Patrick Chan
Olympic champion in figure skating

Denis Ten was an excellent sportsman and an excellent representative of his sport, a charming man. Such a tragedy is his death at such a young age.

Thomas Bach
head of the IOC

May people forgive me, but this is ******! Gone is not just a figure skater, but part of us! A part of me! How?! What for?! Just no words … Let these creatures die, who are involved, sit down and die in jail, bastards.

In some wild prostration, the whole world of figure skating is probably now. Literally two days ago I talked with him, we talked about his own topics, and now his death is very difficult to imagine. It’s impossible. There are no words.

Alexey Yagudin
Olympic champion in figure skating

Denis seemed the most gay, unusual and one of the most creative people in the world of figure skating. In this it is impossible to believe. I do not want to and can not believe. Condolences to everyone close to Denis.

I will never forget his laughter

Evgeniya Medvedeva
silver prizewinner OI-2018

I always thought that he had a great future. That he will at least be a minister in Kazakhstan or even a president. He’s so big, you know, not like everyone else. And very educated and tactful. And talented in everything.

Denis … was calling for me to the show in Kazakhstan, I promised that I would definitely come next year. Everything must be done in time, so as not to regret later. I’m crying. Such a bright man lost.

Julia Lipnitskaya
Olympic champion in figure skating
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