December 25, 1990 |
Looking back, Tamara McKinney can see clearly the magic that touched her career in ski racing. Then, as if averting her eyes, she chooses not to take notice of the twin specters of injury and death that seemed to wait at the finish line, daring her, time after time, to go back up the hill again. Instead, she will quickly focus on the present and her new career of "helping other people."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 9, 2010 |
Jimmie Heuga, who won a bronze medal skiing at the 1964 Winter Olympics and was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis six years later, has died. He was 66. Heuga died Monday at Boulder Community Hospital in Colorado, said University of Colorado ski coach and longtime friend Richard Rokos. He said Heuga had recently been dealing with respiratory problems. At the '64 Olympics in Innsbruck, Austria, Heuga finished third in the slalom, just behind fellow American Billy Kidd. They were the first U.S. men to win medals in skiing.
February 16, 1989 |
Conditions in the mountains of the Southland and the High Sierra are ideal for the big Presidents' Day weekend, which normally signifies the start of spring skiing. This year, however, skiers will find packed powder, relatively crisp temperatures and, if all goes well, plenty of sunshine. California snow depths range from three feet on up--to as high as 12 feet in the north--and all systems appear to be go everywhere at least through Easter, March 26, and probably well beyond.
February 23, 1990 |
Downhill racers often average in excess of 65 m.p.h. in their two-minute runs down some of the world's most challenging mountains, but that's just cruising along by the standards of Steve McKinney and his fellow speed skiers. McKinney, brother of former World Cup Alpine champion Tamara McKinney, has hit 131 m.p.h. and held the world record on a couple of occasions. Now, he is the coach of the U.S.
November 27, 1990 |
Tamara McKinney, winner of more World Cup Alpine ski races than any other American, announced her retirement today from competitive racing. McKinney, 28, a 13-year veteran of the U.S. Ski Team, will become official spokesperson for Jimmie Heuga's Mazda Ski Express, a charity ski series which raises money to fight multiple sclerosis. Her retirement was not unexpected. Injuries have dogged McKinney for the past three seasons.