BERGEN, Norway, September 9. JUST a year-and-a-half after the death of Alexander Dale Oen, and two years since his world-title triumph, Norwegian Swimming is running into a dearth of high profile swimmers currently competing at the highest levels.
Today, according to Swimming World Scandinavian correspondent Rokur Jakupsstovu, Norwegian Olympian Ingvild Snildal told TV2.no that she was taking an extended break from the sport of swimming.
“Right now it is unthinkable to go into water,” says Ingvild Snildal. “I regret it a bit. I should probably have taken a break as planned and then returned. I cannot do anything about it now, so now I’ve better do what is right today.”
Snildal also stated that she’s felt tremendous pressure internal pressure to carry the Norwegian swimming banner as one of the top swimmers in the nation, and that she’s lost the joy for the sport because of it.
After a heavy schedule of competition the past year, Snildal stated she should have taken a sabbatical following the Olympics. Snildal had a rough summer, including a 13th-place 58.84 in the 100-meter fly at the World Championships in Barcelona, missing out on the finale.
Along with European champion Sara Nordenstam being out of the sport as she is currently focused on a reality television project called 71 Degrees North that relives World War II sabotage missions, Norway will definitely be looking towards its youth to produce some new stars heading into the beginning of the 2013-14 swimming season.