Dylan Udolf, a professional snowboarder from West Hartford and a 2016 graduate from Kingswood Oxford School recently won his first Nor-Am Alpine Snowboard race in Minnesota. The win helped the sophomore at Northeastern University earn a spot at the 2018 World Cup Olympic qualifier to be held in Rogla, Slovenia on January 20 -22, 2018.

Udolf is a two-time national champion, two-time Junior World Champion participant and holder of 10 national titles. Udolf has undergone two significant surgeries over the past five years. A torn ACL and meniscus in 2013 and a fractured shoulder socket in 2016 haven’t slowed Udolf down from chasing his dreams. In 2015, he was named to the United States Snowboard Racing Development Team. He is also an avid community service volunteer; along with his sisters Samantha and Claudia, he founded Sam’s Race For a Place, which raises money and awareness for the Ronald McDonald House in Springfield, Mass. To date, Dylan and his sisters have raised over $60,000 for the House.

Udolf’s father, Robert said, “If it weren’t the flexibility and support of the KO teachers and the school, Dylan would never have had the opportunity to chase his dream!”

A love of sports runs in the Udolf family. Samantha, a 2012 KO grad and 2016 Harvard graduate was captain of the Harvard ski team in 2015. Claudia, a 2014 KO grad and senior at Tufts was captain of the Tufts squash team in 2016.