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Memorial service for Scots skier Craig Macfie

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

A memorial service has been held in Edinburgh on Saturday to celebrate the life of a young skiing champion who died after being hit by a car in the US.

Craig Macfie, 24, was knocked off his bike by a car allegedly driven by a drunk driver in Oregon on 18 November.

He skied for the Scottish and GB Alpine Teams as well as British Universities.

Donations made at the service will go to the Campaign Against Drink Driving and the World Wildlife Fund.

The ceremony at Mortonhall crematorium was described by his family as a celebration of his life, and mourners were asked not to wear black ties.

Craig Macfie, originally from Edinburgh, studied at the University of Aberdeen and moved to Oregon to complete a masters degree.

His Facebook page has been flooded with tributes from grieving friends.

One, in Oregon, wrote: "Anyone who knew you was better off because of it. Such an amazing guy.

"I will think of you first every time I hit the slopes."

Image caption Friends in Oregon left floral tributes beside a bike they had painted white

Mr Macfie was soon due to graduate and friends said he was excited about an offer of a sports marketing internship with Puma.

The night of the accident he was riding home in the early hours when he was hit by a 4x4 driven by another university student.

His family flew to America to be at his bedside, but he never regained consciousness.

Friends in the US who were unable to attend the service in Scotland created their own memorial by painting a bike white and chaining it to a lamp post as a focal point for tributes.

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