Skip to comments.Alexander Dale Oen, gold medal swimming favorite, found dead in Arizona
Posted on 05/01/2012 9:50:44 AM PDT by nuconvert
Norway's Alexander Dale Oen, the defending world champion in the 100 breaststroke and a top contender for a gold medal at the London Olympics, was found dead in his bathroom late Monday night.
The 26-year-old, who was training with the Norwegian national team in Arizona, died of cardiac arrest. The country's swimming federation said he was found sprawled on the bathtub. Teammates became worried when repeated knocks on the door went unanswered. A team doctor performed CPR before an ambulance arrived, but the young swimmer was never resuscitated and was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital.
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Prayers up. Bless the family and friends with comfort and healing. :^(
26 years heart attack?.........
It’s happened before...congenital defects not previously found. His family must be numb. :-(
Yep. That's what happened to basketball legend Pete Maravitch.
They were training in Flagstaff. I wonder if the extra effort at 7,000 ft altitude had something to do with the death...
“congenital defects not previously found”
They need to check the rest of the family (especially if there are siblings) for the same malady (which otherwise
can go undiscovered).
That's an interesting question.
Another dynamic: your heart isn't working to pump blood against gravity when you're swimming, and furthermore, osmotic pressure, I would think, must affect the mechanics of blood circulation as well. I wonder if the heart doesn't work as hard in some way? On the other hand, the heart is supporting simultaneous circulation to large muscle groups working against resistance in a way that only happens with things like dancing and gymnastics in terrestrial activities.
I'm a swimming junkie. I highly recommend it as a workout.