Tributes Pour In After Olympic Medal-Winning Figure Skater Is Stabbed To Death

Olympic medal-winning figure skater Denis Ten, 25, was rushed to the hospital after being stabbed to death during a robbery attempt in Almaty, Kazakhstan. The tragedy has struck the figure skating and Olympics community hard, drawing in tributes for the young and accomplished athlete.

Local news outlet Tengri News reported that the Kazakh skater caught two unidentified men rummaging through his car. According to the Almaty Department of Internal Affairs, they were “trying to steal mirrors.” A fight ensued and Ten was stabbed. Despite attempts to resuscitate him at the hospital, Ten had lost too much blood. 

The suspects are still at large.

The sudden death of Ten has drawn a lot of attention from outlets like ISU Figure Skating and even the president of the International Olympic Committee, Thomas Bach.

Fellow Olympian figure skater Adam Rippon, a friend of Ten’s, spoke out about the horrific incident, stating that the Kazakh skater was “kind to everyone and a huge inspiration to me and so many other people.”

Fellow figure skater Mirai Nagasu also commented on the brutal murder, revealing that she used to train with him and that his commitment was something she “always admired.” 

Even Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir, hosts of the Food Network’s Wedding Cake Championship, came in singing praise for Ten, calling him “one of the most talented and moving artists to ever take the ice” and “as bright and kind as he was talented.”

Praise for Ten, who won three gold medals over the course of his career, flowed in over social media outlets, especially from fellow figure skaters all around the world, who had nothing but kind words to say.

The shocked response stretches well-beyond the figure skating community, as well.

Ten’s last performance in the Olympics was at the South Korean games, where he placed 27th due to ankle, back, and hip injuries. 

Memorial services for Ten have not been scheduled yet, but if it’s public, we can assume there will be quite the crowd in attendance.

H/T: New York Times, Tengri News, Twitter