Norway's late son Alexander Dale Oen at the 2011 World Championships in Shanghai after he won the gold medal in the long course 100-metre breaststroke with the time 58.71 seconds, just shy of the 2009 record held by Brenton Scott Rickard (58.58seconds).
It is necessary to note the passing of a incredibly gifted young man at the far, far too young age of 26 ...
Alexander Dale Oens, a world champion Norwegian swimmer who won the gold medal at the 2008 European Championships and placed 7th in the 2005 World Aquatics Championship, unexpectedly died Monday, April 30, 2012 while high-altitude training in Flagstaff, Ariz., with other members of the Norway's national swim team for the upcoming Games of the XXX Olympiad (the London 2012 Summer Olympicsc) from cardiac arrest while training with other members of the Norwegian national team.
Alexander Dale Oen was 26.
"We are all in shock, this is an out-of-body experience for the whole team over here. Our thoughts go out to his family who have lost Alexander too early. Words cannot describe the grief they must feel ... For us here in Flagstaff it is important now that we stand together and take care of each other. It is an unreal situation and we have some tough days ahead." -- Norwegian Swimming Federation teach coach Petter Loevberg.
The New York Times story here.
The (Arizona) Republic article here.
The (UK) Guardian article here.
Yahoo! sports news here.
And here is his personal website (still not updated as of this posting).
On a personal note, I find it just outright weird and jarring to see someone's birth and death dates encompassed within (inside of) my own life span. In this case, Alexander Dale Oen was born May 21, 1985 and died April 30, 2012.
OK, my next planned update is tomorrow.