Photo: Kazakhstan NOCNoc News
Date : 05 Jul 2019
Almaty, Kazakhstan, July 2, 2019: A memorial to Kazakhstan’s most famous figure skater Denis Ten, who was tragically killed in 2018, has been unveiled in Almaty.
A statue of Ten, bronze medallist at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, was unveiled at the intersection of Kurmangazy Street and Baiseitov Street in Almaty. Olympic boxing champion Yermakhan Ibraimov and Almaty Deputy Mayor Arman Kyrykbaev took part in the official ceremony.
Ten tragically passed away on July 19, 2018 at the age of 25. He was killed in a scuffle after being stabbed by two people trying to steal the mirrors from his car.
As part of the ceremony, Ten’s friends read his poems, laid flowers, lit candles and launched balloons into the sky. The memorial began with a song written by Ten – ‘She won’t be mine’.
The Olympic bronze medal won in Sochi was the peak of his career. He was the first Kazakhstan figure skater to climb the Olympic podium. He also won a gold medal at the Asian Winter Games in Kazakhstan in 2011 as well as World Championships medals in 2013 and 2015.
An ice show dedicated to the memory of Ten will be held at Almaty Arena on July 20.
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