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Editor: Margaret Ryznar
Indiana University
Robert H. McKinney School of Law

Thursday, February 16, 2006

Bronze Medalist Hopes to Find Birth Parents

"Toby Dawson arrived in the United States with no name and no birthday.He was adoptee K81-2879, found on the streets of Seoul, South Korea. Workers at the South Korean orphanage where he lived called him Kim Soo Chul. They listed his date of birth as Nov. 30, 1978, because it seemed like a reasonable guess. On Wednesday night, adoptee K81-2879 became an Olympic medalist. When he won the bronze in the men's moguls competition, his adoptive mother, Deborah Dawson, flashed back to the first time she saw him, on a spring day at a Denver airport 24 years ago. "It felt," she said, "a lot like it feels right now."

After Toby Dawson completed his medal-winning ride, he removed his helmet triumphantly, possibly revealing his face to the birth parents who might have been watching on a television far away. Before the Olympics, Dawson placed 12 childhood photographs on, in the hope that a couple in South Korea would recognize some of the pictures." By Lee Jenkins, New York Times Link to Article (last visited 2-16-06 NVS)

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