Jimmie Heuga dies: first U.S. alpine Olympic medalist

RIP: Jimmie Heuga.

The first American, along with Billy Kidd,  to win an Olympic medal in alpine skiing, died Monday at age 66 in Boulder. The California native, who won the NCAA slalom championship in 1963, won the bronze medal in slalom to Kidd’s silver medal during the 1964 Olympics at Innsbruck, Austria.  Diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1968, the same year he was named to his second Olympic team, Heuga entered a long second act in his life during which he raised awareness of the disease, as well as attacked it through vigorous exercise that previously had been thought counterproductive. He established the Jimmie Heuga Center in Edwards, Colo., and it continues its work today as Can Do Multiple Sclerosis.

Read more about Heuga, who died 46 years to the day after winning bronze, at the Denver Post and at First Tracks Online.

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