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    Jimmy Huega helped bring the U.S. Ski Team onto the worlds stage with his bronze medal at the 64 Olympics in Innsbruck. He died in early February of respiratory problems due to multiple sclerosis.

    For generations of American race fans who grew up with Mahres, Millers, Vonns and Rahlveses, it can be hard to appreciate the accomplishment of Jimmie Heuga and Billy Kidd back at the 1964 games in Innsbruck, Austria.

    Thanks to Andrea Mead, Americans had had a taste of Olympic glory, but only on the womens side. In the 1960 Squaw Valley games, the first on U.S. soil and the first to be widely televised, Americans watched as European men, as usual, dominated the podiums.

    So no one expected much of the ragtag Americans when the Olympics returned to Austria for the 64 Games. No one, except perhaps head coach Bob Beattie, who boasted that his boyswho tuned their own skis, drove themselves from venue to venue, and never really knew when the funding might dry upwould indeed come home with medals around their necks.

    And on the final weekend, they did it: a silver for Kidd, a bronze for Heuga. It was a rare opportunity for American race fans to hold their heads highand an inspiration to coming generations of American champions.

    When John Fry, former editor-in-chief of SKI Magazine, launched the NASTAR program in 1968 he immediately tagged Jimmy as the programs National Pacesetter. John believed recreational ski racers needed a system that allowed them to compete against the best American racer and Jimmy was the original standard. Since 1968, more than 6 million NASTAR racer days have been completed.
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    I DID'NT KNOW,WE HAVE A TRAIL AT HUNTER NAMED AFTER HIM.THANKS FOR THE INFO.

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    Well, I don't think RIP is in order. Maybe ROS (Rest On Skis)...
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    I missed this post. Thanks Jimmy for "Leading the Way"!


    Jimmy Huega on a NASTAR course - date unknown.




    Jimmy & Billy
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    There was a nice story in the Steamboat Pilot when he passed away. The story was originally in the Denver paper. Here is the link: http://www.steamboatpilot.com/news/2010/fe...mie-heuga-dies/
    He and Billy Kidd remained good friends until the end.
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