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America's can do kids

For a while, 40 years ago, Jimmie Heuga and Billy Kidd knew what it was like to be the Beatles.

They were young, good looking and were the focus of their universe. On Feb. 8, 1964, the dashing young men became the first Americans to win Olympic medals in alpine skiing.

...After their 1964 medals, Heuga and Kidd continued successful careers in ski racing, Kidd racing in another Olympics and then joining the professional circuit. Heuga also raced in the 1968 Olympics ,but was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1970, at the height of his racing career. Ever the optimist, Heuga took his diagnosis and turned it into a positive force in his life.

Doctors at the time didn't know much about treating MS. They followed the conventional wisdom of the time and advised Heuga to abstain from any physical exercise for six years, which they thought would keep the disease from getting worse.

Heuga has many gifts and natural talents, but leisure is not one of them. When he saw his emotional and physical well-being slowly decline, he rebelled.

More here.

Vist the Heuga Center here.

February 21, 2004 in people | Permalink

Comments

I just discovered your site -- thanks for putting the Heuga Center link on your site!! Would love to get you more information Jimmie Heuga's philosophy and program for maintaining physical and mental well-being while facing the challenges of MS -- they seem right in line with the lifestyle example you are setting. Let me know if we can be in touch.

Phyllis Martinez, The Heuga Center

Posted by: PHYLLIS MARTINEZ at Jul 13, 2004 10:49:49 AM