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Chiharu Igaya

Chiharu Igaya (1956)
Medal record
Men's Alpine skiing
Representing  Japan
Silver 1956 Cortina Slalom
World Championships
Bronze 1958 Bad Gastein Slalom
In this Japanese name, the family name is Igaya.

Chiharu Igaya (猪谷 千春 , Igaya Chiharu, born May 20, 1931) is a Japanese athlete. He is best known as an skier who competed in three Winter Olympic Games.

Early life

Igaya was born in Tomarimura, Hokkaidō. He graduated from Dartmouth College in 1957.


Igaya was a member of the Japanese team in the 1952 Winter Olympics, in the 1956 Winter Olympics, and in the 1960 Winter Olympics.

In 1956, he won the silver medal in the slalom event. He was the first Japanese athlete to win a medal in a winter sport.

In 1982, Igaya became a member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC). After his retirement in 2011, he was granted honorary IOC membership status.

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