The Info List - Jimmie Heuga

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James Frederic Heuga (September 22, 1943 – February 8, 2010) was an American alpine ski racer who became one of the first two members of the U.S. men's team to win an Olympic medal in his sport.[3] After multiple sclerosis prematurely ended his athletic career, he became an advocate of exercise and activity to combat the disease. Born in San Francisco, California, Heuga grew up in Squaw Valley, California, where his father Pascal (1909–2011), a Basque immigrant from southern France, opened a grocery store in 1945 in Lake Forest and later operated the resort's cable car (1968–1988).[1][4] Jimmie Heuga
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was on skis at age two and began to compete in the sport at age 5; he appeared in a Warren Miller ski film at age 9. Heuga was named to the U.S. Ski Team in 1958, becoming the youngest man ever to make the squad as a 15-year-old.[5] He went to the University of Colorado
in Boulder, where he met and was coached by Bob Beattie. A three-time letterman, Heuga won the 1963 NCAA championship in the slalom. With Beattie also leading the U.S. Ski Team, Heuga, along with fellow Buffaloes Buddy Werner and Bill Marolt (and future CU alumnus Billy Kidd), formed the squad's nucleus for the 1964 Winter Olympics. Both Kidd and Heuga became the first American men to win Olympic medals in Alpine skiing, respectively capturing silver and bronze in the slalom.[3][5]

finished sixth in the slalom and fourth in the combined at the 1966 World Championships at Portillo, Chile joined the pro racing tour following the 1968 Winter Olympics where he was 7th in the slalom and 10th in the giant slalom. was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1970, which derailed his ski racing career at age 27. founded Can Do Multiple Sclerosis, formerly The Heuga Center for Multiple Sclerosis. the first NASTAR National Pacesetter (1968)

Heuga died on February 8, 2010, at Boulder Community Hospital in Boulder, due to complications from multiple sclerosis,[6] exactly 46 years after he won his Olympic medal. The gold medalist in that slalom race, Pepi Stiegler, was also diagnosed with MS in 1993,[7] as was Egon Zimmerman, the gold medalist in the downhill.


1 World Championship results 2 Olympic results 3 References 4 External links

World Championship results[edit]

  Year    Age   Slalom  Giant  Slalom  Super-G Downhill Combined

1962 18 12 12 not run 25 5

1964 20 3 DSQ — —

1966 22 6 13 19 4

1968 24 7 10 — —

From 1948 through 1980, the Winter Olympics were also the World Championships for alpine skiing. At the World Championships from 1954 through 1980, the combined was a "paper race" using the results of the three events (DH, GS, SL). Olympic results [edit]

  Year    Age   Slalom  Giant  Slalom  Super-G Downhill Combined

1964 20 3 DSQ not run — not run

1968 24 7 10 —


^ a b Day, Lizzie (April 29, 2011). "Squaw Valley, Lake Tahoe legend Pete Heuga dies at 102". Tahoe Daily Tribune. Archived from the original on February 3, 2013.  ^ a b Jimmy Heuga. sports-reference.com ^ a b "Heuga, Kidd win first US men's alpine medals ever". Modesto Bee. Associated Press. February 9, 1964. p. B7.  ^ Masia, Seth (August 29, 2011). "Pascual "Pete" Heuga, 102". Skiing Heritage.  ^ a b Plati, David. "CU SkiingIcon & Legend Jimmie Heuga
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Passes Away," University of Colorado
Athletics, Tuesday, February 9, 2010. ^ "Former Olympic skier Heuga dies". The Associated Press. ESPN. February 8, 2010. Retrieved February 9, 2010.  ^ Weber, Bruce (February 12, 2010). "Jimmie Heuga, an early U.S. ski medalist, dies at 66". New York Times. 

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