Year Inducted: 1971
Born: 1935, Japan
Chiharu "Chick" Igaya was an outstanding alpine skier. He came to the United States to attend Dartmouth College and captained its ski team in 1957. During his years in the United States he won 6 national collegiate titles and 5 national titles: alpine combined (1954 and 1955), slalom (1955), downhill (1955) and giant slalom (1960).
He was regarded as a goodwill ambassador for skiing in his native country and remained for years involved at a high level in his sport. Eventually he was appointed to the International Olympic Committee and achieved the position of vice president.