Tyler won the 2012 Adaptive Athlete of the Year Award by the US Ski and Snowboard Association, presented during the USSA Congress 2012 at the Chairman’s Awards Dinner on May 11 at Utah’s Park City Marriott.
It is given in alpine, cross country, adaptive, freestyle, freeskiing, jumping/nordic combined, and snowboarding to an USSA athlete based on criteria established by that sport.
For Tyler’s nomination, the following was written, “Tyler has been on the U.S. Paralympic National Team (former U.S. Adaptive National Team) since 2003. He is currently ranked in the top 10 in GS and SL and top 5 in SG and SC in the world. He had an outstanding season and was our top male World Cup point scorer with 681 of the team’s 4657 overall points which lead to the U.S. Paralympic Alpine National Team winning the Nation’s Cup for the first time since 2010.
Tyler finished 3rd in the World Cup overall, 6th in SL and GS overall, and 1st in SC and SG. No DHs were held this season. In 2012, Tyler was on the podium on the I.P.C. World Cup four times including a SC win at the World Cup finals (the first U.S. win in SC), and was the US Paralympic National Champion in DH, SG and SL.”