James Heuga (deceased)
Year Inducted: 1976
Born: September 22,1943 Tahoe City, CA
Jimmy Heuga was regarded as a “phenomenal kid” with enormous self confidence on skis. At the age of 17 he performed well at the 1959 U.S. Olympic Trials but was not selected for lack of experience. Undeterred, he was invited to travel with the team to Europe for pre-Olympic training and gained valuable experience racing against Europe’s best. He earned a spot of the 1962 FIS team for the World Championships at Chamonix where he took fifth in the slalom-downhill combined, and placed twelfth place in slalom and giant slalom.
His brightest hour came when he took the Olympic bronze medal in slalom in 1964 He shared the podium with his teammate Billy Kidd who took silver. He retired after the 1968 Olympics and turned to coaching.
He was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 1970. In 1984, he founded the Heuga Center for Multiple Sclerosis and has been dedicated to assisting people living with MS ever since.