Jimmie Heuga

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Jimmie Heuga
Full name James Frederic Heuga
Born (1943-09-22)September 22, 1943
San Francisco, California, U.S.[1]
Died February 8, 2010(2010-02-08) (aged 66)
Boulder, Colorado
Height 5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)

James Frederic "Jimmie" 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.[2] 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][3]

Jimmie Heuga 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.[4]

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.[2][4]

Heuga died on February 8, 2010, at Boulder Community Hospital in Boulder, due to complications from multiple sclerosis,[5] 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,[6] as was Egon Zimmerman, the gold medalist in the downhill.

World Championship results[edit]

  Year    Age   Slalom  Giant
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 Olympic rings with white rims.svg[edit]

  Year    Age   Slalom  Giant
Super-G Downhill Combined
1964 20 3 DSQ not run not run
1968 24 7 10


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

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