Scott Croxall: champion multitasker
For Canada's Scott Croxall, regaining the Ice Cross Downhill World Championship he won in 2015 is just one part of a busy life. He's a multi-sport athlete and a businessman, having founded the clothing brand TEAMLTD. The LTD stands for "living the dream," and for Scott, living the dream involves a lot of dedication and hard work, balanced out by good times with friends and family.
"I have a hectic schedule all year. In the summer I compete on the Team Canada's Waterski Show Team, so I'm busy training for that sport along with running the business," says the athlete, who also has a background in competitive ice hockey. "And then there's lots of off-season training that goes into ice cross downhill, so it's always nice to get to the events and really focus just on racing."
Scott's training program, while intense year round, is in stark contrast to that of opponents like his buddy Cameron Naasz, the American who finished just behind him in the overall standings last season.
"I think I have a different style of off-season compared to most of the guys. They train for ice cross downhill all summer, while I have the different sports that I focus on," he says.
Although Scott makes his home in Toronto, for watersports training and just relaxing, he spends part of his summer in the wooded landscape of Muskoka, Ontario, where his parents and his girlfriend have lake cottages.
"I love the lake life. I put ice cross downhill outside my head and then when it's time to train for the winter I focus on that," he comments, explaining that he works with staff at a world-class training facility to perfect his mental and physical readiness for the fastest sport on skates.