Father of Olympic Swimmer Falls To Ironic Death

I generally operate under the assumption that the Big Guy (you know, upstairs) not only has a pretty decent sense of humor but that anything really ironic in this world is a fascinating twist on things. I am, occasionally, however, reminded that this is not always the case and that irony plays just as much towards tragedy as it does comedy.

Alon Mandel Swimming

I suppose that’s the lesson — if there’s any lesson — to be learned from the sad, sad death of Kostia Mandel, the father of Olympic swimmer Alon Mandel, who passed away this past weekend. Mandel had been celebrating his son’s achievement - reaching the global stage of the Olympics - by hanging a flag outside their house in Israel, when he fell and suffered fatal injuries.

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