Stanislav Pozdnyakov: “We cherish the memory of Denis Ten”

Denis Ten, Sochi Olympic bronze medalist in men’s figure skating, died today at age of 25  in Almaty, Kazakhstan. He was stabbed and died as a result of a significant amount of blood loss…

In addition to the Olympic bronze in 2014, Ten won silver at the World Championship 2013 and bronze at the World Championship 2015. From 2004 to 2010 skater trained in Moscow under the leadership of Elena Buyanova and Tatiana Tarasova. Then he moved to the United States, where he worked with Frank Carroll. Later he worked with Russian specialist Nikolai Morozov.

Figure skating fans from all over the world, including Russia, were plunged into shock with the news of the tragic death of the athlete from Kazakhstan. Coaches Elena Buyanova and Tatiana Tarasova, Olympic Champions Evgeny Plushenko, Irina Rodnina, Alexander Gorshkov, Maxim Trankov and many other famous figure skaters expressed their condolences to the family and friends of Denis Ten through media and social networks.

IOC President Thomas Bach called Denis Ten “a great athlete a great ambassador of his sport, and a charming man”. “His death at such a young age is a great tragedy,” Bach said.

President of the ROC Stanislav Pozdnyakov is also shocked by the untimely death of a talented skater.

– On behalf of the Russian Olympic Committee, I express my deep condolences to the family and friends of Denis Ten, to the entire sports community and the people of Kazakhstan in connection with the tragic death of this wonderful figure skater. It is difficult to say “he was” about a talented, young man who until recently impressed all of us with his performances, won the Sochi Olympic medal. I know that Denis has many fans not only at home, but also in Russia. Warm and friendly relations have always been maintained between our countries and our national sports teams, and this makes the pain of loss even stronger. I would like to wish strength and perseverance to Denis Ten’s family at this difficult moment. We grieve with you. We cherish the memory of Denis,  Pozdnyakov said.