Hank Kashiwa
Alpine skier
Kashiwa in 1970
DisciplinesDownhill, Giant slalom, Slalom
Born (1949-05-26) May 26, 1949 (age 71)
Old Forge, New York, U.S.[1]
Height5 ft 6.5 in (1.69 m)[1]
Teams1 – (1972)
World Championships
Teams2 – (1970, 1972)
World Cup
Seasons5 – (19681972)
Podiums0 – (6 top tens)
Overall titles0 – (34th in 1971)
Discipline titles0 – (19th in GS, 1970)

Henry Charles "Hank" Kashiwa (born May 26, 1949) is an American former World Cup alpine ski racer who competed in the 1972 Winter Olympics.[2]

Kashiwa learned to ski on McCauley Mountain in his hometown of Old Forge, New York.[3] He raced for the University of Colorado and was then a member of the U.S. Army ski team for two years. From 1967 to 1972, he was on the U.S. Ski Team, and won a national title in 1969. He was an alternate on the U.S. team at the 1968 Winter Olympics at Grenoble, France. Kashiwa skied the World Cup circuit from 1968 to 1971, where he posted six top ten finishes.[1]

After racing for the U.S. Olympic team in 1972 at Sapporo in downhill and giant slalom, Kashiwa joined the pro circuit,[4] and starred from 1972–81, winning the World Pro Title in 1975.[1]

After retiring from competitions Kashiwa had a long career as a ski commentator on TV. He also became the President of Volant skis, a Colorado ski manufacturer. After that he served as vice-president of marketing for the Yellowstone Club, near Big Sky, Montana.[1]

World Cup results

Season standings

Season  Age   Overall   Slalom  Giant
Super G Downhill Combined
1968 18 not
1969 19 48 25
1970 20 36 31 19
1971 21 34 21 23
1972 22
Points were only awarded for top ten finishes (see scoring system).

Top ten finishes

Season Date Location Discipline Place
1969 22 Mar 1969 United States Waterville Valley, USA Slalom 8th
1970 22 Feb 1970 United States Jackson Hole, USA Slalom 8th
8 Mar 1970 United States Heavenly Valley, USA Giant slalom 5th
1971 16 Jan 1971  Switzerland  St. Moritz, Switzerland Downhill 9th
17 Jan 1971 Slalom 7th
30 Jan 1971 France Megève, France Slalom 9th

World championship results

  Year    Age   Slalom  Giant
Super-G Downhill Combined
1970 20 30 not run
1972 22 21 25

From 1948 through 1980, the Winter Olympics were also the World Championships for alpine skiing.

Olympic results

  Year    Age   Slalom  Giant
Super-G Downhill Combined
1972 22 21 not run 25 not run


  1. ^ a b c d e Hank Kashiwa at Olympics at Sports-Reference.com (archived)
  2. ^ Blagden, Nellie (January 26, 1976). "On the slopes and in the kitchen, speed skier Hank Kashiwa is a champ". People. Retrieved March 15, 2020.
  3. ^ Johnson, Phil (February 1994). The Kingdom of Ahs. Skiing.
  4. ^ Kadleck, Dave (March 6, 1972). "'Rookie' Kashiwa tops pro skiers". Deseret News. (Salt Lake City, Utah). p. B6.