Toby Dawson Nominated To Coach South Korean Ski Team

Olympic bronze medalist Toby Dawson has been recommended to coach the Korean national freestyle skiing team, according to the Chosun Ilbo.

The Korea Ski Association recently held a meeting to find ways of bolstering its freestyle skiing team, and after reviewing a proposal submitted by Dawson, it decided that he was the man to lead the team to greater glory. The association plans to submit its plan to hire Dawson to the Korean Olympic Committee for approval.

“Korea has yet to move up to a world-class level in skiing, but I hope that a Korean skier can stand on the podium in Pyeongchang in 2018,” said Dawson. “I started taking private Korean language lessons two weeks ago so I can communicate with young skiers and find young talents.”

Dawson, who was born in South Korea but adopted at the age of three by two ski instructors from Vail, Colorado, competed for the United States at the 2006 Winter Olympics and claimed a bronze medal in mogul skiing.

Dawson also played a role in South Korea’s successful bid to host the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang.

Check out KoreAm’s July 2007 cover story on Toby Dawson.