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A New Year and Endeavour Ahead of Toby Dawson - Part II: On Snow Updated: 2012-01-25 00:00:00 KST

Throughout the winter, Dawson can be spotted in Pyeongchang -- the city he has represented for two Olympic bids.
And Korea's first mogul ski coach is already in full swing, gearing his team up for the games.
Although there are only about ten members on the team now, Dawson says that the young athletes have what it takes to become Olympians.


[Interview : Toby Dawson, Coach
Freestyle National Team
] "We still have a long way to go, but fortunately I have some great athletes.
They are really excited to learn and they are fast learners, which is going to be very helpful.
So if I push them to the right direction, we can move quickly and hopefully catch the world soon."

So far only one Korean on the team has qualified to compete in previous Olympics.
But with Dawson on board, these future Olympians are aiming higher.


[Interview : Seo Ji-won, Mogul skier
Freestyle National Team ] "We never had a coach before, and today he just taught us several new tricks.
My goal is to qualify for the Sochi Winter Olympics and I'm shooting for the podium in Pyeongchang when the Winter Games are held here."

But Dawson also points out that the future Olympic venue needs a few more upgrades to help the athletes reach their dreams.


[Interview : Toby Dawson, Coach
Freestyle National Team
] "I think we definitely need more training facilties for the athletes.
We have to travel around the world to get our training, and it would be better if we could do more training in Korea - so that we have more time with our families and friends and also get really strong training times as well."

And he is more than committed to bringing out the potential from his team leading up to 2018 and beyond.

[Interview : Toby Dawson, Coach
Freestyle National Team ] "In 2018, I plan on still being here with the mogul team.
We've started a mogul family here and I can't wait to see them successful -- standing on the podium, going through the same emotions that I went through in 2006 in Turin, Italy -- when I won my medal."


"Team Korea, fighting!"


Well, Dawson's past itself is already an amazing story, but it seems like he's got an even more exciting future ahead of him.

[Reporter : ] That's right. Although he signed a contract lasting only until the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games, Dawson is determined to look after his students until the games are held in Pyeongchang.

I also met him in Durban.
He may be an American by nationality, but it seems like he is Korean by heart.

[Reporter : ] But like he said in his Pyeongchang's Olympic bid presentation in Durban, had he not been raised in an environment like Vail, where he established himself a top-ranking skier -- and let's say he grew up in his hometown of Busan, the chances would have been slimmer of him becoming a world-level athlete since Korea's infrastructure for the sport wasn't and is not as competitive as that of other countries that excel in snow sports.
So I'm really looking forward to witnessing Koreans reach the top under Dawson's guidance and with support from the nation and the people preparing for the Pyeongchang Games.

Let's wait and see if these rookies can become medalists like Dawson here on home soil.
Thank you, Ji-sun for the story.
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