The biography of Italian Para-swimmer and surgeon Marco Dolfin has been released today, detailing his journey to becoming a Paralympic athlete.
Written by Alberto Dolfin, his brother, Iron Mark explores the life of the swimmer, who took up the sport after becoming a paraplegic in October 2011 when he suffered injuries in a motorcycle crash.
Then 30-years-old, the doctor who specialised in orthopedics would find himself bound to a wheelchair, but he would soon bounce back with success in sport.
After a few years of training, Dolfin made the Italian national team in 2016, winning bronze at the European Championships, before representing his nation at the Rio 2016 Paralympics.
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From 3 September "Iron Mark. Marco Dolfin's wards: surgeon and swimmer" will finally be in bookstores. Marco Dolfin's life changed radically on the morning of 11 October 2011, as he was on his way to the hospital in Turin to help a colleague. The then thirty-year-old doctor, who specialized in Orthopedics a few months earlier, suddenly finds himself on the patient's side, as he is the victim of a motorcycle accident that causes him to paraplegia. From that moment, Marco knows a new inseparable travel companion, the wheelchair. For him, however, that episode is just a hiccup, something that forces him to make several precautions, but not an insurmountable obstacle. In his head, our "Avenger" knows that his life still has a lot to offer him, in many areas. Always a great sports fan, Marco does not give up and dives into Paralympic swimming, obtaining excellent results in the 100 breaststroke SB5: bronze at the European Championships in Funchal 2016, finalist and then fourth at the Rio 2016 Paralympics, silver at the European Championships in Dublin 2018. The family will also be one of the cornerstones in Marco's rebirth, who in 2014 will become the father of Mattia and Lorenzo, wild twins who will also be his first fans in his father's new adventure in sport. In addition to grinding kilometers between the water wards, Marco is used to other wards, those of the hospital and has no intention of downsizing his profession as a surgeon. He who can no longer walk, wants to fix the legs of others. Having overcome the distrustful gaze of the first patients, he goes back to doing what he loves most, thanks to an upright wheelchair that keeps him in an upright position and allows him to carry out even complex interventions such as hip and knee prosthesis or traumatology implants. To tell the story of Marco Dolfin, worthy of the best novel yet true in every extraordinary detail, is his brother Alberto Dolfin, sports journalist who follows that champion around the world; as a reporter, of course, but first of all as a fan. sports journalist who follows that champion around the world; as a reporter, of course, but first of all as a fan. sports journalist who follows that champion around the world; as a reporter, of course, but first of all as a fan.
Part of his revival saw the birth of his twin children, Mattia and Lorenzo, in 2014 as his sporting career was taking off.
His brother Alberto is a sports journalist who has been documenting his brother's achievements through his own career.
Still a surgeon, Marco has stated that "he who can no longer walk, wants to fix the legs of others".
An excerpt from the book reads: "I don't see it as a fury of fate.
"It is something that has happened and that has changed my existence, but that I cannot chance in any way.
"I can only find the best solution to adapt."