It is still hard to believe that swimming fans won't have the privilege of seeing Alexander Dale Oen competing again.
Rather than look for answers or explanations at this stage, this post aims to celebrate what Dale Oen gave to the swimming world.
Swimming's Emotional Highlight of 2011
He did not break the world record, but Alexander Dale Oen's 58.71 in Shanghai last year was the greatest 100m Breaststroke we've ever seen.
The video below shows the view from the stands and in my opinion shows the dominance he had over his competitors better than the TV footage did (as well as his poor start ☺... Dale Oen is in lane 4 with the blue shorts).
Norwegian swimmer Sander Smordal's obituary for his friend
http://www.tv2.no/sport/ovrig/eg-skal-byrje-aa-leve-no-alexander-for-ein-maa-verdsette-tida-ein-faar-3771110.html - Incredibly moving words from a close personal friend and team-mate. (Non-Norwegian speakers will need to use google translate).
Dale Oen, happy and at ease
Like all great champions, he didn't need to put on an act.
Alexander Dale Oen: "I am one of the luckiest humans alive."
In His Own Words
The Tribute For His Countrymen
Doing more through sport than anyone else could for the Norwegian people suffering through their own traumatic loss last July.
The Final Interview