To read up on the Toyota Athlete of the Year award, visit the post live on Dew Tour.
Brett Banasiewicz, aka Mad Dog to his peers, has risen through the BMX ranks in recent years, his most notable performances coming from his showings at the Dew Tour. Dating back to 2009, he landed on the podium of the BMX Park event in Salt lake City, Utah. In 2010 and 2011 Mad Dog placed 4th for the years' overall in BMX Park as well as 2nd overall both years in BMX Dirt – still yet to peak his potential.
Then, proving to be more than just a rising threat, in 2012 Mad Dog returned to the Dew Tour Park arena, as part of the Beach stop in Ocean City, Maryland, and claimed his first-ever overall Dew Cup title victory. As voted on by the public, Banasiewicz was later selected as the Ocean City nominee to run for the award of 2012 Dew Tour TAOTY (Toyota Athlete of the Year).
Following an outstanding City stop in San Francisco, California and another progression pushing Mountain championship in Breckenridge, Colorado, the running for TAOTY grew to include professional skateboarder Nyjah Huston as well as snowboarder Mark McMorris following their paramount performances that earned them stop nominations.
However, when it came down to the voting for the overall 2012 TAOTY it was clear. Mad Dog's maneuvers reflected a man who threw everything on the line to push himself to the top of the podium at all costs.
Congratulations to Brett "Mad Dog" Banasiewicz on winning the 2012 Dew Tour TAOTY award! To learn more about Banasiewicz, watch his Alli Show below that details his BMX upbringing, his hometown and his early career victories.