Toby Dawson - 2012
Adopted from an orphanage in South Korea by Vail ski instructors, Toby "Awesome" Dawson began skiing at age four. A strong interest in alpine ski racing pushed him to compete in the Junior Olympics, and when he was 13, he took a three-day freestyle skiing camp, joining the up-and-coming ranks of freestyle mogul skiing. He quickly began breaking into the podium and became the youngest competitor to ever win first place at his first US National Competition in 1994. After earning a spot on the US Ski Team, Dawson’s time on the slopes led him to seven World Cup titles, 17 podium finishes on the World Cup circuit, and a gold medal and three podium finishes at the World Ski Championships. As the 2006 Winter Olympic bronze medalist in freestyle skiing, the media developed a great interest in Dawson’s past, eventually leading to a positive DNA match that allowed him to reunite with his father after 25 years. He helped with South Korea's winning bid for the 2018 Winter Olympic Games and is now the South Korean National Freestyle Ski Team Coach.