Jimmie Heuga - Inspiration / Athlete - 1987

Jimmie Heuga, a native of California, competed internationally on the U.S. Ski Team for ten years and was a member of two championship teams, in 1962 and 1966.  Jimmie is the only American male to win the Arlberg Kandahar in Garmish, Germany; he was an Olympic bronze medalist in the 1964 slalom in Innsbruck, Austria; and was third in the 1967 World Cup giant slalom.  In 1967, Jimmie was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and retired from competition shortly after the 1968 Olympics in Grenoble, France. In 1983, Jimmie moved to Vail and founded the Jimmie Heuga Center, now known as the Can Do Center, for physical conditioning and consulting services to people with disabilities and personal challenges.  The goal of the Jimmie Heuga Center is to improve the quality of life of those disabled by disease and traumas, through personalized programs. Jimmie swam, cycled and skied, credited a disciplined health program, and believed that helping your fellow man is the biggest victory of all. (Deceased)