Richard Buek (deceased)
Year Inducted: 1974
Born: November 5,1929, Oakland, CA
Died: November 3,1957, Donner Lake, CA
Known as "The Madman of Donner Summit" Dick Buek exhibited a "go for broke" attitude that brought him success and pain in many downhill competitions. A serious racer by the age of 18 he was the National Downhill Champion in 1952 and a member of the 1952 Olympic Team. He won a second national downhill title in 1954. His record included two runner up efforts at the national championship, a third and a fourth.
Buek seemed to be fearless and paid a heavy price for it. He suffered two broken backs, one from a motorcycle accident. He did a straight schuss at the Inferno Race on Mount Lassen in 1948. In 1949 he won the Silver Dollar Derby and the Far West Ski Association's downhill title. His death came as the result of a airplane accident shortly before his 28th birthday.