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Ski champion Craig Macfie killed by drunk-driver

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Media captionScottish skiing champion Craig Macfie dies after being hit by a car while cycling in Oregon, America

A Scottish skiing champion from Edinburgh has died after being hit by an alleged drink-driver in the USA.

Craig Macfie, 24, from Morningside, was hit by a car as he was cycling in Eugene, Oregon, on Friday. He died in hospital on Saturday.

His brother, Alastair, 22, said his family would miss the former George Watson's College pupil "dreadfully".

Mr Macfie won a string of skiing titles and was part of the GB team. He was studying at the University of Oregon.

He had been studying sports marketing.

Mr Macfie leaves behind parents Rosie and Andy, brothers Alastair and Euan, and sister Catriona.

His brother Alastair said on Facebook: "His bicycle was hit by a drunk-driver and he never regained consciousness.

"He was surrounded when we got to Oregon by many of his American friends who had kept vigil over him until we arrived.

Image caption Craig Macfie is a former George Watson's College pupil

"He received the best of care from a wonderful hospital with caring professional staff.

"All our family are grateful for all our great memories. He enjoyed a full, interesting and enjoyable life.

"It was just too short.

"We will miss him dreadfully."

A George Watson's College spokesman said: "It was with great sadness that we learned the sad news of Craig Macfie's death.

"Craig was a most likeable, friendly and good-natured young man who played his part in the general life of the school throughout his school career.

"His particular love was skiing and as a competitive sportsman, he functioned at a very high level.

"His dream on leaving school was to find a way to combine his love of winter sports with his interest in business management.

"The only regret now is that he did not get the opportunity to fulfil that dream."

A Snowsport Scotland spokeswoman said: "Craig Macfie was an exceptionally talented athlete who skied for the Scottish and GB Alpine Teams as well as, latterly British Universities.

Image caption Craig Macfie won a string of skiing titles and was part of the GB team

"He was known for his dogged commitment to his sport, his quirky sense of humour, being able to smile and bounce back after injury as well as his physical and mental strength.

"One video clip sums Craig up, a spectacular crash at the World Universities Championships in Ezurum, Turkey earlier in 2011.

"The video captures him crashing, being thrown off the piste by the impact, breaking through a safety fence bouncing and sliding down a 100 metre slope, after which he stands up, face covered with blood, smiling and giving the thumbs up.

"He went on to compete in the slalom the next day.

"Everyone at Snowsport Scotland is devastated to hear of his death. Our sincere condolences go to his family and friends."

A Foreign and Commonwealth Office spokeswoman said: "We can confirm the death of a British national in Oregon, USA. We are providing consular assistance to the family."

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