"We're all in shock,"
Dale Oen won the 100-meter breaststroke world title last summer in an emotional victory just days after a terrorist attack in
"We need to stay united," he said after the race. "Everyone back home now is of course paralyzed with what happened but it was important for me to symbolize that even though I'm here in
FINA released a statement in response to the news of Dale Oen's death:
FINA was shocked to learn about the sudden death of prestigious swimmer Alexander Dale Oen (NOR), at the age of 26 in a training camp in Flagstaff (Arizona, USA), on April 30, 2012.
Dale Oen has been of the most promising revelations at the 2008 Olympic Games, winning a silver medal in the 100m breaststroke, an event in which he obtained the victory (the first ever for his country) at the 2011 FINA World Championships in Shanghai (CHN). He was therefore one of the most talented swimmers in this stroke and was certainly preparing a brilliant participation at the upcoming Olympic Games in
In everyone's memory is also present his courage in
FINA shares the mourning of the entire Norwegian swimming community and addresses its most sincere condolences to his family and friends.