The ski racing community lost a legend this past February when 1964 Olympic bronze medalist Jimmie Heuga passed away after a very long battle with multiple sclerosis. And this weekend at Beaver Creek Resort, you have the chance to honor Heuga by participating in the first annual Jimmie Heuga Memorial Vintage Ski Race this Saturday, April 10 from noon-2:00 p.m. There is still time to register for the race, which is a part of Vintage SkiFest at the ski resort.
The festival includes a full lineup of closing weekend activities, including the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on Friday. ”Beaver Creek is proud to host the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame induction ceremony and we are thrilled to honor and recognize these incredible individuals who have had a lasting impact on our sport,” said John Garnsey, co-president, Vail Resort and chief operating officer of Beaver Creek Resort. “We congratulate the newest members of the Hall of Fame and pay tribute to those who are no longer with us.” In addition to the induction ceremony, the USSA Giant Slalom Spectacular will take place both Saturday and Sunday, and, of course, the memorial race for Jimmie on Saturday.
Heuga will always be known as one of the most courageous athletes ever, as he founded the Jimmie Heuga Center in Edwards, CO to help those suffering with MS, like himself, to have an active lifestyle while still living with the debilitating disease. Heuga was diagnosed with MS in 1970, just four years after taking home bronze in the slalom at the 1964 Olympic Games at Innsbruck, Austria. Throughout the rest of his life, he used his competitive spirit and passion to combat the pain and suffering that he was enduring.
There is no better way to support the fight that Heuga championed so strongly than by taking part in the race this Saturday at Beaver Creek. It will recognize winners in the following four categories: Adult-Wood, Adult-Metal, Youth-Wood, and Youth-Metal. There are incredible prizes, such as an Epic Pass for the winner of each category, as well as antique ski and winter sportswear, gift certificates, and historical Beaver Creek books.
The race will start at the top of the Buckaroo Gondola and end near the base of the Centennial Express Lift. If you would like to register to compete in the race, then please call the Colorado Ski Museum at (970) 476-1876, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.beavercreek.com/vintageskifest. The fee to compete in the race is $25 for adults and $10 for kids that are 13 and younger. If you do register on the day of the race, there will be an additional $5 fee.