A tribute to Jon Tvedt

Posted in Through the Lens by Matt Ward on Fri 06 Feb '09

This fantastic homage to Jon Tvedt once again shows us why the internet has been so instrumental in connecting people. The film, made by Mary Rye at dancingsun.com, is a great example of the power of social media.

Mary got in touch with MST and asked if we would post her tribute to Jon, who tragically died in January of this year, online and share alike. Mary takes up the story of how the film came about:

I’m writing to you from California. I made this video right after I learned he had died on January 11th. I had a chance meeting with Jon on top of Eggenipa Opp Mountain Race in Norway last summer, where he set a new course record. This tribute video has now been embedded on many Norwegian press’ websites and was also mentioned on Norway’s national news NRK for the west coast of Norway right after I had posted it on YouTube. The video became part of a viral sharing of grief and mourning.

© www.dancingsun.com

I made this video to keep his memory alive. But after 3 weeks, I’m learning that the video did more than that, it allowed a viral sharing of grief and loss across countries, cultures and language barriers, especially when the pain was acute. The viewing count is over 8000 hits today, not high for YouTube videos, but the video has been watched in all regions of the world from Asia, to South America, Middle East, Africa and Europe as seen on my YouTube statistics. At some point in the last 3 weeks, my tribute video reached as high as 80% for most popular videos viewed on YouTube for the country of Norway.

© www.spindel.oslonett.no

I’ve gotten some incredible thanks from people in Norway from the running community saying they’ve enjoyed viewing the video at a time of their loss. The most amazing part was to share the grief and mourning with people half way around the world through this process. I made the video to keep his memory alive and as a result, I’ve become part of Norway’s (and the mountain running community’s) viral sharing of loss. It is heartwarming in a time of sadness.

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  1. beccy Feb 6, 03:38 AM

    really touching. what an amazing guy he seemed. so humble. why is it that we only get to hear about these people after they are gone?! RIP Jon

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