Tuesday, 1 May 2012

RIP Alexander Dale Oen 1985-2012

Horrible, horrible news. Reports from Norway say that Alexander Dale Oen died yesterday at a training camp in Flagstaff, Arizona at the age of 26. BBC News have confirmed the report.

Just a tragic day for swimming. Rest in peace, Alex.


The last tweet Dale Oen sent yesterday:







9 comments:

  1. May his soul and the souls of all the departed(in the Norwegian massacre) rest in peace.. Sooooo sad :(

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  2. What dreadful news. My thoughts go out to his family.

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  3. he has inspired me, i am a brs swimmer and have always looked upto the very best for determanation, RIP Alex, god only takes the best

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  4. WTF? Horrible, horrible news... So sad for his family, his fellow athletes and, frankly, for all of Norway. He seemed like a class guy. This is awful.

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  5. Well, I am just at a loss about what a cruel and very wrong place the wrold can be, my thoughts and prayers go out to him and his family. I just wish his family a peaceful grieving process, he is sure to have left them with lots of happy memories and full of pride.

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  6. So shocked. Amazing person, amazing swimmer. Was so looking forward to watching him this summer.

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  7. this is so sad ! i had the chance to see him swim , i was looking forward to see him perform in london . my prayers goes to his family and team mate .

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  8. Several things to consider.

    1- Breastrokers can be unusual physicality wise. It is not everyone who is built to turn out their their hips /legs & upper body outwards . With the modern pull there is enormous pressure on the organs. I remember Sam rley suffered stress fractures on the ribs. The guys are way more powerful.

    2- the overall emphasis on repeated sprint sets against the traditional 60-80% effort load.

    3- Altitude training definitely changes blood chemistry. Some athletes take many months to recover . It can't always be good for everyone.

    4- Dale looks to be a monster traer. Some athletes push when every sign says no. Triumph of the will .


    Put all these factors in an extreme competitive year at altitude & not surprising.

    Also the effects of blood boosters etc can not be unacknowledged even though we like the guy & his nation.

    In shigh level port there are always life long negative effects . Sudden death is rare but it is all downhill after a peak.

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