The figure skating world on Thursday morning is in mourning. Denis Ten, the Kazakh skater who won Olympic bronze in Sochi, has reportedly died after being stabbed in the streets of Almaty. He was 25.
A report from RT.com says that Ten got into an into a physical altercation with two men trying to steal parts of his car, during which Ten sustained stab wounds. He was left unconscious in the streets until a pedestrian found him and called an ambulance.
Ten lost three liters of blood before being rushed to the hospital. After hours of surgery Ten died from his injuries.
Ten won the bronze medal at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. He was beloved in Kazakhstan, and even hosted an ice show in June called “Denis and Friends” in the capital city of Astana, which brought together famous skaters from around the world and coincided with the 20th anniversary of the establishment of Astana as the capital. He battled through injuries to compete in the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang so he could pay tribute to his Korean heritage, and finished 27th.
The figure skating world, both fans and well-known skaters, mourned the loss of Ten on Twitter.