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    Post Worlds TV interview with Denis after his arrival in Kazakhstan (in Russian): http://bnews.kz/ru/videonews/post/130108/
    He talks about how important it is for him to show the world where Kazakhstan is, comments on how his former coaches (Elena Buianova, Tatiana Tarasova), other athletes (including Evan Lysacek, Evgeni Plushenko) congratulated him.
    He said that probably this was his best performance to date but there is no limit for perfection and he has a lot of work ahead of him. He mentioned a new fitness trainer in Calgary. He talks about how Frank Carroll motivated him for Worlds after the tough start of the season and how upset he was to hear at one event that he is "a skater from a country that doesn't exist". Then he promised to himself that he would make Kazakhstan known to the world. Well done, Denis!

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    Belated congratulations to this wonderful young skater! This medal came sooner than probably anyone expected, but it was no fluke. This intense, beautiful, and determined young man has, to appropriate a line of Scott Hamilton's that Scott often applied to the wrong skaters, "everything you want to see in a [men's] skater" -- including a noble spirit. He is one of those who makes the IJS look good.

    I wonder if he and Yu Na are friends (given his Korean heritage).

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    Quote Originally Posted by VarBar View Post
    Truly hoping this unexpected silver was not a fluke and I will see him with more medals round his neck in the years to come. Go Denis.
    Absolutely. Fingers crossed!!! He just needs to take the confidence gained and not let this medal weigh him down with expectations.

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    It's been one interview after another since Ten has arrived home! Here's another: http://sk-sport.kz/articles/show/952
    Via Google Translate: http://translate.google.com/translat...icles/show/952
    "Randy [Starkman (1960-April 16, 2012)] lived by the same motto as the rest of us. The Olympics isn’t every four years, it’s every single day. He just got it." --Canadian Olympic kayaker Adam van Koeverden

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    ^^ Nice close-up shot of Denis' expressive hands, while he's just sitting there being interviewed. I also love Denis' dimple in his right cheek. :-,)

    Another look at D10's 2013 Worlds programs:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zXqbfzY5HHk The Artist sp

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&v=...M&feature=fvwp The Artist fp I don't think the commentators actually realize that some of the fist-pumping and celebrating is actually part of the character and theme of the program

    -- No truer words were said tho' by one of the BBC commentators: "For that performance, he deserved to win." Well, Denis CoPped the small medal gold for the fp and no matter judges' assessments or overall placements, Worlds 2013 is definitely a victory for Denis Ten. To me, the point is that Denis matured, he grew in personal stature this season and he put it altogether because something clicked inside him. Ultimately, that is the prize and that's what Denis needs to build upon ... all the rest is just chatter and endless fs controversy and blather. Skaters have no control over the way the sport is structured -- they never have and apparently never will. The thing is in order to truly win, a champion needs to rise above their own self-defeating thoughts on the inside and preconceived limitations imposed by the exterior world including the dismissive notions of others. Denis succeeded in doing that, not completely perfectly but definitely in an amazingly superb and inspiring fashion. He put the two best programs together in the men's event.

    And Denis' talent is not a fluke:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bOvelp8iG5A sp Torino Worlds 2010 (Look at the top poster's comment... prophetic: "Pretty awesome! And he's only 16, it's like wow. He is going to kick some ass in the future!")
    The talent and potential is just oozing out of Denis' pores in this performance.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yNI829724Iw fp Torino Worlds 2010 (Even with the miscues, it's obvious what Denis needed was to mature and to learn how to harness his tremendous talent and to pace himself -- it took awhile longer. After all, he was only 16 at this point. Few skaters with talent have the opportunity to mature on the World stage.)


    Here is Denis at age 15 on the World stage, under Tarasova:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fHhAhgD25HY 2009 Worlds sp (If not A Star Is Born, he certainly threw his hat in the ring as someone to watch)

    Denis certainly announced himself even more in the fp at 2009 Worlds:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yzVJ7QtrDag

    ^^ But again he was only 15. Not unlike Michelle Kwan at 1995 Worlds, it wasn't Denis' time to make the podium. And then what with growth spurts, coaching changes, the maturity that was necessary, it took awhile longer for Denis to put it together and to harness more mature control of his talent. Amazing to think that Denis is still only 19 and he achieved what he did at Worlds in London. I hope and pray it is a good omen for more sparkling, refreshing and transcendent moments for Denis and for fs fans.


    I'm compelled to say that the way IJS/ CoP is structured, it's made even more difficult for skaters to combine artistry with athleticism. An example of one of the ridiculous inane effects of IJS/ CoP, is the tuck spin automatically tacked on at the end of some spin sequences. Show me a skater who can effectively maintain speed on that crappy-looking point-gathering, must tack on spin element. How much more amazing could programs be if skaters were allowed to truly be free of limiting regulations in the fp.
    Last edited by aftershocks; 03-29-2013 at 09:38 PM.

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    Glad that Denis Ten was invited to skate in the Gala Exhibition at WTT! https://twitter.com/Tenis_Den
    "Randy [Starkman (1960-April 16, 2012)] lived by the same motto as the rest of us. The Olympics isn’t every four years, it’s every single day. He just got it." --Canadian Olympic kayaker Adam van Koeverden

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