Norway’s Alexander Dale Oen won silver and bronze at the Mare Nostrum 2011 Barcelona meet this weekend, and is now ready for the Canet leg today and tomorrow, before Monaco next weekend. The weather in Canet is ‘real West-Norway’ rain and wind, but he doesn’t mind, with the way his form is shaping up.
– This is my fastest season start ever, a lot faster than last year. And this right after coming back from an altitude camp, says Dale Oen, who came back from Flagstaff in the USA one and a half week ago.
Asked about the reason for it going so much better this year, he says that he is a lot more motivated after switching from the club Vestkantsvømmerne which he has been with for 17 years, where he was the only elite swimmer, to Bærumsvømmerne. And it also helped to have his sinuses operated on, which has decimated his amount of sick days.