Scott Dixon: Biathlete and … Children's Book Writer
During the season biathletes travel four months almost non-stop. For British biathlete Scott Dixon, time away from home is considerably longer: he lives and trains in Lillehammer, Norway. Whereas most athletes use modern technology to stay in touch with their friends and family, Dixon, who has a younger sister and a brother (three and one years old), found another way to communicate with his siblings while being away: he started writing books for children.
Training Spurs Creativity
The idea came to him one day as he was cycling, “I don’t know what it does to the brain, but all of my ideas come while exercising: running, skiing and particularly cycling. I think this is an advantage to be a biathlete and writing. These two things are completely compatible with one another.”
Whereas the 22-year old biathlete has a sponsor at the moment, he is anxious about what to do when his sponsorship fund runs out. He thought of writing a book as a way to express himself, communicate with his siblings and potentially making some money to support his future career. Now that the book is finished, he is offering it to fans through a pledge to fund his Olympic dream.
When Dixon talks about the plot of his book, one cannot help drawing a parallel with his situation in biathlon. “All the characters are animals. The book is about a young puppy, who is trying to cross river to get to his friend. But he is captivated and the river is quiet fast. On the same side of the river he is stuck on, there is a grizzly bear, a lot stronger and bigger than him, trying to eat him. It is about this puppy having to both cross the river and beat the bear, being much smaller and weaker.”
When asked if the plot has a symbolic meaning, Dixon admits to it. “Yeah, I heard this comparison before. The bear represents the Russians, Germans and Norwegians, the Swedes – all these big nations. We are literally in debt, we always try to find money. I think the story does relate to my personal story.”
He adds, “But this is also the kind of story I really like. I like to hear about people like Latvia’s Andrejs Rastorgujevs, who made his way up the rankings, he’s now on the podium. I think the underdog story is my favorite.”
To complete the story, Dixon has been sacrificing his naps between his trainings, “I don’t sleep in between the trainings, I just wake up so moody, I refuse to sleep. This gives me two extra hours of time. There is also a lot of time in the evening. I spend some time on my laptop, writing and drawing.”
Present for Russian Fans
Dixon decided to self-publish 300 copies of his book. He is still figuring out the marketing strategy, but at the moment Russian market looks the most promising, after Russian broadcaster Match TV featured Dixon and his new book on air. “I got 20 or 30 mails from Russian fans, asking where they can buy my book. This is why I am planning to translate the book into Russian.”
As of now, the book is available in English and can be purchased here. But more updates will be made promptly on Dixon's facebook page.