(ATR) Olympic Mogul skiing bronze medalist Toby Dawson wears many hats as PyeongChang enters the homestretch to the 2018 Olympic Winter Games.
Toby Dawson (fourth from left) with Korean freestyle skiers at the 2017 world championships in Sierra Nevada, Spain. (Dawson)
As head coach of the Korean moguls ski team, Dawson seeks to lead Korean freestyle skiers to their first-ever Olympic medal.
Dawson, whose remarkable story has fascinated and touched lives, discusses his contribution to the PyeongChang 2018 bid team in Durban 2011 telling Around the Rings
correspondent Brian Pinelli: “It was very humbling to meet different IOC members and have people come up to me and say things like I wasn’t planning to vote for Korea, but your story touched me so much I changed my vote.
“To be such a big part of that and help Korea to win that bid was a nice ending,” Dawson tells Pinelli on the latest edition of ATRadio.
Lost at a Korean market at the age of three, Dawson was adopted by American parents, learning to ski in Colorado and rising to become a top-notch World Cup moguls skier competing for the United States Ski Team.
Dawson skied to a bronze medal in Torino 2006 and miraculously, the exposure gained from his achievement led to him being re-united with his Korean biological parents.
The 38-year-old retired freestyle skier now resides in South Korea and in addition to his coaching responsibilities, is also assisting PyeongChang 2018 organizers with preparations for the upcoming Winter Games.
Dawson talks to Pinelli about varied topics including helping PyeongChang organizers, final venue preparations, South Korea’s medal hopes in freestyle skiing, his contribution to the PyeongChang bid team at the 2011 session in Durban and how escalating tensions with North Korea might affect February’s Winter Games.
“This has been such an exciting experience, there is such a good buzz inside Korea itself to host these 2018 Winter Olympics,” Dawson says. “I have no doubt it will be a good Winter Olympic experience for everybody.”
Listen below to the full interview between Dawson and Pinelli:
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