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Jimmy Heuga

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 0
Silver 0
Bronze 1
Total 1
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexMale
Full nameJames Frederic "Jimmy"•Heuga
Used nameJimmy•Heuga
Born22 September 1943 in San Francisco, California (USA)
Died8 February 2010 in Louisville, Colorado (USA)
Measurements168 cm / 72 kg
AffiliationsColorado Buffaloes, Boulder (USA) / Squaw Valley Ski Team, Olympic Valley, California (USA)
NOC United States

Biography

Jimmy Heuga first became nationally known in 1960 when he won the U.S. Junior and U.S. Senior Slalom titles. He continued to win alpine races through 1963 and then in 1964 acheived two of his biggest wins with a first in the Harriman Cup downhill and a victory in the famed Arlberg Kandahar Combined Race. A few weeks later he followed Billy Kidd to become the second American man to win a medal in Olympic alpine skiing. Heuga continued to compete and do well, mainly in the technical events of slalom and giant slalom, through the 1968 Olympics. However, Jimmy Heuga was not totally well at the 1968 Olympics. In the past year he had begun to have problems which were eventually diagnosed as multiple sclerosis. The disease hastened his retirement a short time after the 1968 Olympics. Heuga later developed to a successful business career as a consultant and spokesman for various firms in the ski industry He also coached and helped raise funds for the U.S. ski team. In the late 70s, with his disease in remission thanks in part to his own intensive therapy of diet and exercise, he began to ski again recreationally.

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1964 Winter Olympics Alpine Skiing (Skiing) USA Jimmy Heuga
Giant Slalom, Men (Olympic) AC
Slalom, Men (Olympic) 3 Bronze
1968 Winter Olympics Alpine Skiing (Skiing) USA Jimmy Heuga
Giant Slalom, Men (Olympic) 10
Slalom, Men (Olympic) 7

Olympic family relations

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