Kazakh bronze medalist at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi Denis Ten 10 also took bronze at the March 23-29 World Championships in Shanghai, China.
Despite a fall and a technical failure with the music during Ten’s short programme, he managed to come back and win the free skating programme to recapture his third-place position.
“I was shocked by my performance during the short programme because I was very well prepared. Of course, I wasn’t in the same shape as when I was in South Korea, but I managed to maintain a high level of [my] condition. When I fell, and this incident with the music, I was disappointed but not because I fell or because of the music, because I couldn’t get over myself and this little incident sidetracked me and I lost focus. But life went on and I knew the free skating programme was ahead and I was glad that I won it,” he told vesti.kz in an interview after the event.
Ten also thanked his fans for their support and shared his plans for the future.
“My goal is to radically progress further. I want to skate in South Korea in 2018 [the next winter Olympic Games]. And I need to reach the peak [of my career] by that time, to prepare an easy run to the finish, to be ready and feel myself absolutely sure. After the [past] Olympic season it’s absolutely important for me to be prepared to work towards my paramount goal,” he said.
Ten, 21, is the Almaty 2022 Winter Olympics bid ambassador and has been campaigning for the success of his home city’s bid.
Spaniard Javier Fernández won gold with the a total score of 273.90, finishing the short and free programmes in second with 92.74 in the short and 181.16 in the free programmes.Japanese skater Yuzuru Hanyu scored 271.08 to take silver overall. Hanyu won the short programme with a 95.20 score and finished the free programme third with 175.88 points. Ten scored a total of 267.72 points; 85.89 in the short programme to claim the third spot and 181.83 points to win the free programme.