Chiharu Igaya

Chiharu Igaya, OLY[1] (猪谷 千春, Igaya Chiharu, born May 20, 1931) is a former Olympic alpine ski racer and silver medalist from Japan. He competed in three Winter Olympics (1952, 1956, 1960).[2]

Chiharu Igaya
Alpine skier
Chiharu Igaya 1956b.jpg
Igaya in 1956
DisciplinesSlalom, Giant Slalom,
Downhill, Combined
ClubDartmouth College
Born (1931-05-20) May 20, 1931 (age 91)
Tomari, Kunashiri (ja),
Hokkaidō, Japan
Height1.66 m (5 ft 5 in)
Teams3 – (1952, 1956, 1960)
Medals1 (0 gold)
World Championships
Teams4 – (1952, 1956, 1958, 1960)
         includes Olympics
Medals2 (0 gold)
1956 Olympic slalom medalists:
Stig Sollander, Toni Sailer (gold), and Igaya
Igaya training on the roof
of his house in 1951

Ski racingEdit

Born in Tomari, Kunashiri (ja), Hokkaidō, Igaya attended college in the United States at Dartmouth in New Hampshire, where he raced for the Big Green[3] and graduated in 1957. "Chick" won the U.S. national title in slalom in 1954 at Aspen, Colorado,[4] and took a third consecutive NCAA title in slalom, his sixth individual, in 1957 at Snowbasin, Utah.[5]

At the Olympics in 1952, Igaya finished eleventh in the slalom, 20th in the giant slalom, and 24th in the downhill. Four years later in 1956, he won the silver medal in the slalom, was eleventh in the giant slalom, but did not finish in the downhill. All three events were won by Toni Sailer of Austria. At the 1960 Games, Igaya was twelfth in the slalom, 23rd in the giant slalom, and 34th in the downhill.[2] Igaya also won a bronze medal in slalom at the World Championships in 1958, and finished fourth in the combined.

After racingEdit

After graduation, Igaya worked in insurance, eventually becoming president of the Japanese branch of AIU Insurance Company. In parallel, he served as a sports administrator. Igaya was a member of the FIS alpine skiing committee and vice-president of the International Triathlon Union. He was a member of the International Olympic Committee from 1982 to 2012, becoming vice-president in 2005, and an honorary member in 2012.[2][6] At the Winter Olympics in 2018, Igaya was inducted into the Olympians for Life project for giving back to sport.[7]

World Championship resultsEdit

  Year    Age   Slalom  Giant
Super-G Downhill Combined
1952 20 11 20 not
24 not run
1956 24 2 11 DNF
1958 26 3 6 15 4
1960 28 12 23 34 10

From 1948 through 1980, the Winter Olympics were also the World Championships for alpine skiing.
At the World Championships from 1954 through 1980, the combined was a "paper race" using the results of the three events (DH, GS, SL).

Olympic resultsEdit

  Year    Age   Slalom  Giant
Super-G Downhill Combined
1952 20 11 20 not
24 not run
1956 24 2 11 DNF
1960 28 12 23 34

NCAA titlesEdit


  1. ^ Olympians: Olympians for Life – website of the WOA
  2. ^ a b c Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill; et al. "Chiharu Igaya". Olympics at Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 2020-04-17.
  3. ^ "Chick Igaya wins Cransmore slalom". Lewiston Daily Sun. (Maine). Associated Press. Feb 7, 1955. p. 9.
  4. ^ "Dartmouth skier wins Roch trophy at Aspen". Deseret News. (Salt Lake City, Utah). United Press. March 15, 1954. p. 4B.
  5. ^ "Igaya captures NCAA slalom title". Milwaukee Sentinel. Associated Press. March 31, 1957. p. 1-C.
  6. ^ "Mr. Chiharu Igaya". International Olympic Committee. Retrieved 2 August 2012.
  7. ^ "WOA honours Olympians for Life inductees".

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