World Monitor Magazine WM_KIOGE 2018_Web - Page 47

EXPERT OPINION Denis Ten In 2014, the collected funds from the ice show, "Denis Ten and Friends", in Astana were sent to a6-year-old boy, Nursat Zhakypbai, a neuroleukemia patient and in need of expensive operations abroad. He often held meetings and conferences with students from various Kazakhstani universities and schools. In 2014 he hosteda number of motivational meetings with leaders of student alliances in the Akimat of Almaty, met with students of Nazarbayev University, the international school MIRAS and with young journalists in the schoolchildren's palace in Astana. At the debut world championship in 2009, Denis Ten became the sensation of the tournament. He was the youngest participant in the world championship at 15-years-old and his fantastic rental of an arbitrary program brought 18,000 to their feet at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. At that tournament spectators gave astanding ovation only to Denis Ten and the winner of the championship, the American Evan Lysacek. And finally, in order to develop figure skating in Kazakhstan, this world renown athlete conducted master classes for young skaters several times a year. supported by EUROBAK 45