POSTED: Monday March 30th 2015

Almaty 2022 Bid Ambassador Denis Ten Wins Bronze at World Championships

Almaty, 30 March 2015.  Almaty-born figure skater and Olympic Medalist Denis Ten crowns an already phenomenal season by winning the Bronze Medal at the ISU Figure Skating World Championships in Shanghai (China) this weekend. He also serves as an Ambassador for the Almaty 2022 Winter Games bid and played a key role in the IOC Evaluation Commission’s recent visit to Almaty.

Denis Ten was the first Kazakh athlete ever to win an Olympic medal in figure skating, taking home the Bronze Medal at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games. His record over the past few years is impressive: Gold Medal at the Asian Winter Games 2011 in Almaty/Astana, Silver Medal at the 2013 World Championships, Bronze Medal in Sochi, Gold Medal at the Four Continents Tournament 2015 in Seoul and now another Bronze Medal at the World Championships in Shanghai.

Denis, who began skating at Almaty’s world-famous, iconic skating rink, Medeu, is now considered one of the best figure skaters over the past few decades. Medeu is also one of the proposed venues for the Almaty 2022 Games Concept.

Denis was also awarded Kazakhstan´s “Best Male Athlete of the Year 2014”, by the prestigious magazine, Sport Review.  He faced tough competition for the award from other great Kazakh athletes such as boxing legend Gennady Golovkin, the Athens 2004 Silver Medalist, 2003 World Champion and current WBA and IBO Middleweight World Champion, and two-time Olympic Weightlifting Champion Ilya Ilyin.

In a recent interview with the New York Times, Denis said: “Our people, they love sport. They are more into summer sports, and we were quite good at the London Olympics, but I’m sure that if we win the Winter Olympic Games, then people will be more motivated to do winter sports and they will be more interested.”

Mr Andrey Kryukov, Vice Chairman of Almaty 2022 commented, "The news of Denis' medals is very satisfying and I congratulate him and his coach for this exceptional performance. It is much more than just the continuity of the result from Sochi, it is confirmation for all young aspiring Kazakh athletes that we can compete at the highest levels and with the world's best. Almaty 2022 will create even more opportunities for Kazakh athletes on the global stage".

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Keywords · Almaty 2022 · Denis Ten · figure skating · Olympics · Andrey Kryukov

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