BBCi CATEGORIES   TV   RADIO   COMMUNICATE   WHERE I LIVE   INDEX    SEARCH 

Winter Olympics
You are in: Other Skiing  
Front Page 
Statistics 
Alpine Skiing 
Other Skiing 
Skating 
Ice Hockey 
Bobsleigh 
Luge & Skeleton 
Snowboarding 
Curling 
Paralympics 
Features 
BBC Coverage 
Photo Galleries 
Venue Guide 
Event Guide 
Team GB 
Ones to Watch 
Olympic Quiz 

Ace Powder's Mountain Mayhem

BBC Sport

BBC News

BBC Weather

Other Skiing Thursday, 14 February, 2002, 00:33 GMT
Dixon's last stand
Great Britain's Mike Dixon is in sentimental mood after competing in his fifth and final Olympic individual biathlon event.
Dixon is looking forward to the 2004 Summer Olympics
Great Britain's Mike Dixon was in sentimental mood after competing in his fifth and final Olympic individual biathlon event.

The 39-year-old Scot, who carried the British flag during the opening ceremony in recognition of appearing in six Olympics, finished 74th in the 10km sprint which was won by Einar Bjorndalen.

Despite missing just one out of 10 targets, he finished four minutes adrift of the gold medal winner.

It was a far cry from his best Olympics result when he finished 12th at Albertville in 1992.

Dixon did not qualify for the pursuit event after finishing out of the top 60 Wednesday and will compete in his last Olympic biathlon event - the men's relay - next week.


They all know where I'm from and that in Scotland there's not much snow

Mike Dixon
The Briton said afterwards that he was just glad it was all over.

"Oh, it's such a relief, you're looking at a dead man standing," commented the Briton.

"I never get emotional about these things. Carrying the flag was perhaps a reward for my efforts over the years where I've tried my hardest to win a medal for Britain.

"It never happened, but the most important thing for me has been being there and putting in the best effort I possibly can."

He added that he is a familiar figure on the biathlon circuit and a respected one - despite the fact he never reached the heights of his European counterparts.

"Yes, of course I know most of the more famous guys, and they're all brilliant. It's a real family atmosphere in biathlon - there's always someone giving me a pat on the back," he added.

"They all know where I'm from and that in Scotland there's not much snow. But just by taking part and fighting my hardest I've got the respect of a lot of people."

The Salt Lake City Games will not mark the end of Dixon's Olympic career, because he plans to join Britain's shooting team at the 2004 Athens Games.

Links to more Other Skiing stories are at the foot of the page.


Links to more Other Skiing stories



© BBC ^ Back to top

Front Page | Statistics

Alpine Skiing | Other Skiing | Skating | Ice Hockey | Bobsleigh
Luge & Skeleton | Snowboarding | Curling | Paralympics

Features | BBC Coverage | Photo Galleries

Venue Guide | Event Guide | Team GB | Ones to Watch | Olympic Quiz