Denis Ten

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Denis Ten
2012 Rostelecom Cup 01d 618 Denis TEN.JPG
Ten at the 2012 Rostelecom Cup
Personal information
Full name Denis Yuryevich Ten
Country represented Kazakhstan
Born (1993-06-13) June 13, 1993 (age 21)
Almaty, Kazakhstan
Height 1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)
Coach Frank Carroll, Rafael Arutyunyan
Former coach Elena Buianova, Tatiana Tarasova
Choreographer Stéphane Lambiel, Lori Nichol
Former choreographer Elena Buianova, Tatiana Tarasova, Irina Tagaeva, Mikhail Pochitalin
Skating club Kiyal Almaty
Training locations El Segundo, California
Former training locations Moscow, Sochi
Began skating 1998
World standing 2 (As of 8 December 2014)[1]
Season's bests 1 (2014–15)
7 (2013–14)[2]
4 (2012–13)[3]
12 (2011–12)[4]
21 (2010–11)[5]
26 (2009–10)[6]
17 (2008–09)[7]
ISU personal best scores
Combined total 289.46
2015 Four Continents
Short program 97.61
2015 Four Continents
Free skate 191.85
2015 Four Continents

Denis Yuryevich Ten (Денис Юрьевич Тен; Korean: 정데니스; born 13 June 1993) is a Kazakhstani figure skater. He is the 2014 Olympic bronze medalist, the 2013 World silver medalist, the 2015 Four Continents Champion, the 2011 Asian Winter Games champion, and a three-time national champion of Kazakhstan.

At the 2008–09 ISU Junior Grand Prix event in Belarus, Ten became the first skater from Kazakhstan to win an International Skating Union competition. He is also the first to stand on the podium at the World Championships or Olympic Games. Ten's other accomplishments include qualifying two spots for his country in the men's event at the 2010 and 2014 Winter Olympics.

Ten is the official ambassador for the Olympic Bidding Committee "Almaty 2022". He is a member of the Astana Presidential Sports Club[8] and the Political Party "Nur Otan". In 2013, he began producing his own ice show, "Denis Ten and Friends". In summer 2014, he announced his co-operation with All That Sports management company established by Kim Yuna.

Personal life[edit]

Denis Ten was born on 13 June 1993 in Almaty, Kazakhstan.[9][10] He is a member of the Korean minority in Kazakhstan. His great-great-grandfather, Min Geung-ho,[11][12] was a famous Korean independence fighter general during the time of the Korean Empire when Korea fought for independence from Japan.

Ten attended music school for five years and competed as part of a choir.[13] In 2002, his team won the silver medal at the World Choir Games, held in Busan, South Korea.[13] This was Ten's first trip to that country.[12] He also tried taekwando, karate, tennis, swimming and acrobatics.[14]

Ten moved with his mother to Moscow, Russia in 2004 while his father and older brother, Alexei, remained in Kazakhstan.[12][13] Ten already knew Russian — it is co-official in Kazakhstan and Ten's first language.[13] In 2010, he moved with his mother to California.[15]

In May 2014, Ten graduated from the Kazakh Academy of Sports and Tourism with a Red Diploma.[citation needed] In March 2015, he said he would study film-making at the Kazakh-British Technical University.[16]

Career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Ten began skating at an open-air rink in Almaty in winter and later practiced at an indoor rink in a shopping mall.[13][14] In 2003, he traveled to Omsk in southwest Siberia, Russia, for a skating competition which he won.[13] The head judge, Alexander Kogan, invited him to another competition in Odintsovo, Moscow region, where Ten met coach Elena Buianova (Vodorezova).[14] Ten began training camps with her at CSKA Moscow and was later invited to join her group full-time.[13] He also trained in Sochi in southern Russia.[citation needed]

2006–07 season[edit]

Ten began competing internationally in the 2006–07 season at the age of 13, which was the first year he was age-eligible for International Skating Union (ISU) junior-level competition. On October 5, 2006, he debuted on the ISU Junior Grand Prix (JGP) at the 2006–07 JGP event in The Hague, Netherlands. Ten placed 14th in the short program and 7th in the free skate to place 10th overall.[17] In November, he competed at the 2006 Coupe Internationale de Nice in Nice, France on the novice level. He won the event by 4.18 ahead of silver medalist Artur Gachinski.[18]

In February 2007, Ten competed at the Dragon Trophy in Ljubljana, Slovenia. He won the junior men's event by 34.36 points over silver medalist Jason Thompson.[19] Later that month, Ten competed at the 2007 World Junior Championships in Oberstdorf, Germany. He placed 26th in the short program and did not advance to the free skating portion of the event. He had placed 0.44 points below the final qualifier.[20] Ten finished the season at the Haabersti Cup in Tallinn, Estonia, where he won the junior men's event by 16.34 points ahead of silver medalist Viktor Romanenkov.[21]

2007–08 season[edit]

Ten began the 2007–08 season on the 2007–08 JGP circuit. In September 2007, he competed at the JGP event in Miercurea Ciuc, Romania. He placed 3rd in the short program, 2.42 behind second place finisher Ivan Bariev and 2.22 ahead of fourth place finisher Andrew Lum.[22] In the free skate, Ten placed 6th, and finished the event in 6th place overall, 5.09 points behind bronze medalist Takahito Mura.[23] At Ten's second event two weeks later in Tallinn, he placed 10th in the short program and 10th in the free skate to place 10th overall. He finished the ISU Junior Grand Prix in 31st place to qualify for the Junior Grand Prix Final.[24]

In November, Ten competed at the NRW Trophy on the junior level. He won both segments of the competition to win the gold medal by 22.59 points over silver medalist Gordei Gorshkov.[25]

In February 2008, Ten competed at the 2008 World Junior Championships. He placed 8th in the short program, 3.36 points behind third place finisher Brandon Mroz and 9.35 points behind first place finisher Adam Rippon.[26] In the short program, Ten was credited with a triple lutztriple toe loop combination and received a level 4 on his change foot combination spin.[27] In the free skate, Ten placed 19th after falling twice, once on a triple axel attempt, and the second time on his triple lutz. However, he was credited with rotating the triple axel.[28] He placed 16th overall.[29] Because of his placement at the World Junior Championships, Ten earned Kazakhstan the right to send one men's entry to every JGP event for the following season.[30]

2008–09 season[edit]

Ten at the 2009 Four Continents.

Ten began the 2008–09 season competing in the 2008–09 JGP. At his first event in Courchevel, France, he placed 5th in the short program and in the free skate to place 4th overall, placing 7.82 behind bronze medalist Florent Amodio.[31] In his free skate, Ten landed a clean triple axel.[32] By placing 4th in his first event, Ten entered into contention to potentially qualify for the Junior Grand Prix Final. A month later, Ten competed at his second JGP event, the event in Gomel, Belarus. In the short program, Ten landed four triples, including a triple axel,[33] to win the short program by a 5.19 point margin of victory over second place finisher Stanislav Kovalev.[33] In the free skate, Ten landed six triple jumps to place 2nd in that segment of the competition by 3.88 points behind Yang Chao.[34] Ten won the competition by 4.60 total points ahead of silver medalist Yang.[35] By winning this competition, Ten simultaneously became the first skater from Kazakhstan to medal at an ISU competition and to win an ISU competition.[citation needed] Following the eighth and final Junior Grand Prix event, Ten became the first skater from Kazakhstan to qualify for the ISU Junior Grand Prix Final, for which he was the seventh qualifier.[citation needed]

Ten was originally scheduled to make his senior international debut at the 2008 Ondrej Nepela Memorial in late November 2008. However, he officially withdrew following the short program draw and did not compete.[citation needed]

Later, Ten mentioned in the interviews that he had landed the quad jump at the end of 2008 but an injury forced him to scale down training of the jump.[13][14]

Ten competed at the 2008–09 JGP Final in Seoul, South Korea, in December 2008. In the short program, he landed a triple axel, but fell on his combination jump and did not complete the combination[36] to place 7th in that segment of the competition.[37] In the free skating segment, Ten landed a triple axel-double toe loop combination and six other triple jumps[38] to place 3rd in that segment of the competition.[39] He placed 5th overall, 0.31 points behind 4th place finisher Ivan Bariev, and 3.59 points behind bronze medalist Richard Dornbush.[40]

In February 2009, Ten made his senior international debut at the 2009 Four Continents in Vancouver, Canada at the age of 15, the first year for which he was age-eligible for senior ISU championships. He placed 10th in the short program[41] after landing a triple axel and a triple lutz, but missing his triple flip combination.[42] He placed 8th in the free skate[43] after landing six triples, including a triple axel-tripel toe loop combination, but popping a solo triple axel and a triple flip.[44] He placed 9th overall.[45]

Two weeks later, Ten competed at the 2009 Junior Worlds. He placed 5th in the short program[46] after being downgraded on the second jump in his triple-triple combination.[47] In the free skate, Ten was credited with six triple jumps, including two triple axels, and received another downgrade on the second jump of his triple-triple combination.[48] He placed 4th in that segment of the competition, placing 0.32 points behind third place finisher Artem Grigoriev in that segment of the competition.[49] Ten placed 4th overall, ending the competition 0.63 points behind bronze medalist Grigoriev.[50]

Ten finished the season at the 2009 World Championships, where he was the youngest male skater at the competition.[51] He placed 17th in the short program[52] after being credited with four triples, including his triple axel and triple-triple combination.[53] In the free skate, Ten was credited with eight triple jumps,[54] the maximum number of triple jumps allowed, to place 6th in that segment of the competition.[55] He placed 8th overall[56] and qualified two spots for Kazakhstan to the Olympics for the first time in history.

2009–10 season[edit]

Ten won the 2009 Golden Spin of Zagreb and placed fourth overall in the 2009 NRW Trophy. After he made his Senior debut in the 2009–10 Grand Prix series, where he was assigned to the 2009 Cup of China and the 2009 Skate Canada International. He placed tenth at the 2009 Cup of China with 182.63 points and seventh at the 2009 Skate Canada scoring 193.33 overall.

At the 2010 Four Continents, he earned 70.50 points in the short program, where he placed fourth. He came in fourteenth position in the free skate scoring 102.15 after falling on two of his jumps. He finished tenth with a combined score of 172.65 points.

At the 2010 Winter Olympics, Ten received a score of 76.24 points in the short program, placing tenth. He was fourteenth in the free skate with 135.01 points to finish eleventh overall with a total score of 211.25.[57]

At the 2010 World Championships, Ten was in ninth place after the short program and placed fifteenth in the free skate with a score of 125.06 points. He finished 13th with 202.46 points overall. Following the World Championship, he announced a coaching change to Frank Carroll and relocated with his mother to California.[15][58] Ten also works with Rafael Arutyunyan.[59]

2010–11 season[edit]

During the 2010–11 Grand Prix season, Ten competed at the 2010 NHK Trophy and the 2010 Skate America. At NHK, he placed 6th in the short program but his long program saw him fall to 11th overall. At Skate America, he also placed sixth in the short program but dropped to 12th overall after the long program.

Ten won the gold medal at the 2011 Asian Winter Games with a first place in the short program and third in the long.

2011–12 season[edit]

Ten was assigned to 2011 Skate America and 2011 Skate Canada International.[58] He placed 5th in both events. At the 2012 Worlds in Nice, France, Ten finished 7th, his best result at a World Championships.

2012–13 season[edit]

Ten placed 6th at 2012 Skate Canada International, 9th at 2012 Rostelecom Cup and 12th at the 2013 Four Continents Championships. At the 2013 World Championships, he scored a personal best of 91.56 points in the short program — second only to Patrick Chan — and received a small silver medal for the segment. Another personal best, 174.92 points, saw him place first in the long program and win a small gold medal. Overall, Ten won the silver medal with a total score of 266.48 points — just 1.3 points less than Chan. He became the first person from Kazakhstan to stand on a World podium in figure skating.

In June 2013, Carroll and Ten moved to the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo, California.[60]

2013–14 season[edit]

Ten withdrew from his first 2013–14 Grand Prix assignment, the 2013 Skate America, due to an infection causing black spots on his ankles and an infection in his jaw.[61][62] He competed at the 2013 Cup of China and placed fourth.

In February 2014, Ten competed at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. He placed ninth in the short program, third in the free skate, and won the bronze medal[10] — it was the first ever Olympic medal for Kazakhstan in figure skating. He wore unmatched boots after having tried six pairs.[63][64] Ten was named Breakthrough of the Year by the Agency of Sport and Physical Education of Kazakhstan and awarded a car by the mayor of Almaty.[65][66] He did not participate in the 2014 World Championships.[67]

During the summer, Ten's ice show Olympic Energy brought international skaters, including twelve Olympic medalists, to Kazakhstan, with the proceeds supporting the sport's development in the country and the treatment of a child with neuroleukemia.[68]

2014–15 season[edit]

For the 2014–15 season, Ten was assigned to the 2014 Skate America and 2014 Trophée Éric Bompard. At the Skate America event, he fell on the opening quadruple jumps in both the short program and the free skating, and earned fourth.[69][67] At the Trophée Éric Bompard competition, he placed first in the short program, then won bronze after the free skating.[70] In December, at the 2014 Golden Spin of Zagreb event, he won gold.[71]

At the 2015 Four Continents Championships in Seoul, Korea, Ten set personal best scores of 97.61 and 191.85 points in the short program and free skating, respectively. He placed first in both segments of the competition and won the title with total points of 289.46, the third highest score at an ISU championship.[71]

Programs[edit]

Season Short program Free skating Exhibition
2014–2015
[9][16][72][73]

2013–2014
[74][68]
  • Money on My Mind
    by Sam Smith

2012–2013
[75][76]
The Artist
by Ludovic Bource:
  • The Artist Overture
  • Waltz for Peppy
  • The Sound of Tears
  • L'ombre des larmes
    choreo. by Lori Nichol, Stéphane Lambiel
The Artist
by Ludovic Bource:
  • Happy Ending
  • George Valentin
  • Happy Ending
  • My Suicide
  • Peppy and George
    choreo. by Lori Nichol, Stéphane Lambiel
2011–2012
[77]

2010–2011
[78]
2009–2010
[79]
2008–2009
[80]

2007–2008
[81]
2006–2007
[82]

Competitive highlights[edit]

Ten on the 2013 World Championships podium
Ten on the 2014 Winter Olympics podium

GP: Grand Prix; CS: Challenger Series (began in the 2014–15 season); JGP: Junior Grand Prix

International[83]
Event 2004–05 2005–06 2006–07 2007–08 2008–09 2009–10 2010–11 2011–12 2012–13 2013–14 2014–15
Olympics 11th 3rd
Worlds 8th 13th 14th 7th 2nd 3rd
Four Continents 9th 10th 6th 12th 4th 1st
GP Bompard 3rd
GP Cup of China 10th 4th
GP NHK Trophy 12th
GP Rostelecom 9th
GP Skate America 11th 5th WD 4th
GP Skate Canada 7th 5th 6th
CS Golden Spin 1st 2nd 1st
Asian Games 1st
Ice Challenge 1st
Istanbul Cup 1st
Merano Cup 1st
Nebelhorn 9th 7th WD
NRW Trophy 1st J. 4th
Volvo Open 1st
International: Junior[83]
Junior Worlds 26th 16th 4th 9th 4th
JGP Final 5th
JGP Belarus 1st
JGP Estonia 10th
JGP France 4th
JGP Netherlands 10th
JGP Romania 6th
Nestle Cup 1st J.
Seibt Memorial 1st J.
Haabersti Cup 1st J.
Dragon Trophy 1st J.
Cup of Nice 1st N.
National[83]
Kazakhstani 4th 1st 2nd 1st 1st 1st 1st
Levels: N. = Novice; J. = Junior; TBD = Assigned, WD = Withdrew

Detailed results[edit]

2014–15 season
Date Event SP FS Total
March 23-29, 2015 2015 World Championships 3
85.89
1
181.83
3
267.72
February 9–15, 2015 2015 Four Continents Championships 1
97.61
1
191.85
1
289.46
December 4–7, 2014 2014 Golden Spin of Zagreb 1
92.51
2
157.43
1
249.94
November 21–23, 2014 2014 Trophée Éric Bompard 1
91.78
5
144.50
3
236.28
October 24–26, 2014 2014 Skate America 4
77.18
4
147.56
4
224.74
2013–14 season
Date Event SP FS Total
February 6–22, 2014 2014 Winter Olympics 9
84.06
3
171.04
3
255.10
January 20–25, 2014 2014 Four Continents Championships 5
76.34
4
150.03
4
226.37
November 19–24, 2013 2013 Ice Challenge 1
88.19
1
173.19
1
261.38
November 14–17, 2013 2013 Merano Cup 1
82.21
2
148.91
1
231.12
November 1–3, 2013 2013 Cup of China 4
77.05
3
147.75
4
224.80
2012–13 season
Date Event SP FS Total
March 10–17, 2013 2013 World Championships 2
91.56
1
174.92
2
266.48
February 6–11, 2013 2013 Four Continents Championships 7
78.05
17
119.21
12
197.26
January 1–10, 2013 20th Volvo Open Cup 1
79.21
2
125.12
1
204.33
November 9–11, 2012 2012 Rostelecom Cup 9
59.42
9
118.35
9
177.77
October 26–28, 2012 2012 Skate Canada International 4
75.26
8
128.44
6
203.70
September 27–29, 2012 2012 Nebelhorn Trophy 4
67.88
8
130.51
7
198.39
2011–12 season
Date Event SP FS Total
March 26 – April 1, 2012 2012 World Championships 8
76.00
6
153.70
7
229.70

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External links[edit]

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