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:


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

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

  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

  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.

  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.

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

  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 .

  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.