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Norwegian athletics stop following swimming champion’s passing. Feelings of shock and sadness at Norwegian swimming champion Alexander Dale Oen’s death are still deeply affecting the country’s athletics environment. As the national swimming team sets course for home from the US, a planned swimming competition in Bergen has been suspended, as have preparations for the Olympic Games. Paying tribute to the deceased 26-year-old young star, Norwegian swimming federation president  Per Rune Eknes declared today, “He was a wonderfully generous person who had time for everyone. He talked with everyone in the same way, regardless of age and status. He was open, at the same time as he was good at being concentrated.”

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Norwegian athletics stop following swimming champion’s passing

Published on Wednesday, 2nd May, 2012 at 20:54 under the news category, by The Foreigner.

Feelings of shock and sadness at Norwegian swimming champion Alexander Dale Oen’s death are still deeply affecting the country’s athletics environment.

L to R: Duboscq, Dale Oen, Scozzoli
L to R: Duboscq, Dale Oen, Scozzoli
Photo: Deepbluemedia.eu/G.Scala


As the national swimming team sets course for home from the US, a planned swimming competition in Bergen has been suspended, as have preparations for the Olympic Games.

Paying tribute to the deceased 26-year-old young star, Norwegian swimming federation president  Per Rune Eknes declared today, “He was a wonderfully generous person who had time for everyone. He talked with everyone in the same way, regardless of age and status. He was open, at the same time as he was good at being concentrated.”

Dale Oen was reportedly found collapsed in a shower late on Monday after a training session in Flagstaff, Arizona (US). Preliminary reports indicated he suffered a cardiac arrest. 

National Broadcaster NRK reported that his teammates in national swimming team who were also attending the camp in Arizona reacted on Monday evening after realizing that Dale Oen had been in the shower for an unusually long time.
They called out for him and pounded on the door of his room, but broke in when they received no response, finding Dale Oen partially lying on the floor of the bathroom, partially over the bathtub. 

The doctor of the national swimming team, gave him lung and heart resuscitation as they waited for the emergency services, which arrived at the scene within minutes. He was then taken to the Flagstaff Medical Center, but the doctors there were also unable to revive him. They finally declared him dead at 2100 hrs local time on Monday. 

Per Rune Eknes told NRK that it was the blackest day in the history of Norwegian swimming. “This is the worst day ever for the sport of swimming in Norway,” he said. “Right now, we just have to digest this shock.”

Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg also expressed his sorrow at the death of the swimmer. Stoltenberg told NRK that he considered Oen as “a fantastic athlete”. “A small country has lost a huge athlete,” he added. 

Born in Bergen, Dale Oen began swimming when he was four. In 2004, he qualified for the Athens Olympics and finished 21st overall in the 100 meters breaststroke. 

However, his first success in the international arena came a year later, in 2005, when he came seventh in the 100m breaststroke during the World Aquatics Championships in Montreal, Canada. He was the first Norwegian to swim 100 metres breaststroke in less than a minute.

His next glory came in 2008, when he won a silver at the Olympics in Beijing, Norway's first Olympic swimming medal. Then he went on to win the European Championships in 2008 and 2010.

Moreover, in July 2011, Dale Oen won a gold in the 100m breaststroke at the World Championships in Shanghai, just days after the twin terror attacks in Norway which killed 77 people. Ahead of the London Games this year, all Norwegian hopes were pinned on this talented sportsman.

In his last tweet on Monday, Dale Oen wrote that he was eager to get back to his hometown. "2 days left at our camp up here in Flagstaff, then it's back to the most beautiful city in Norway #Bergen."



Published on Wednesday, 2nd May, 2012 at 20:54 under the news category, by The Foreigner.

This post has the following tags: alexanderdaleoendeath, norwaynationalswimmingteam, norwayathletics.





  
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