Twitter Reacts to Tragic Death of Norwegian Olympic Swimmer Alexander Dale Oen

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Twitter Reacts to Tragic Death of Norwegian Olympic Swimmer Alexander Dale Oen
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The sudden passing of one of the world's top swimmers is drawing reaction from his peers and his countrymen.

Norway's Alexander Dale Oen, the 2008 Olympic silver medalist and defending world champion in the 100-meter breaststroke, died yesterday evening in Arizona where he was training for the 2012 London Olympics.

According to the Daily Telegraph, the cause was cardiac arrest.

The timing was such that much of Norway awoke to the news this morning. Reaction has been strong and somber.

Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg offered homage to Dale Oen's career and comfort to his family:

According to the Associated Press (via CBSNews), the above translates: 

"Alexander Dale Oen was a great sportsman for a small country. My thoughts go to his family and friends."

Brendan Hansen, one of America's premier breaststroke specialists, offered his condolences:

Eirik Veras Larsen, a sprint kayaker and one of the eight other Norwegians to earn a medal at the 2008 Olympics, also alluded to Dale Oen's smile:

Japan's Kosuke Kitajima, gold medalist in the 100 breaststroke at each of the past two Olympics, paid tribute to an adversary in the pool and a compatriot on dry land:

USA Swimming gave a brief tribute:

From the popular swimming-centric avatar @swimmerproblems:

NBC swimming commentator Rowdy Gaines lamented:

Brazilian sprint specialist Cesar Cielo was to the point:

And finally a word from British swimming sensation Rebecca Adlington, who sums up the stunned horror many in the swimming world are coping with today:

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