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Memorial service for Scots skier Craig Macfie

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

A memorial service to celebrate the life of a skiing champion who died after being hit by a car in the US will be held at the weekend.

Craig Macfie, 24, from Morningside in Edinburgh, was knocked down while cycling in Eugene, Oregon on Friday.

It is alleged he was knocked off his bike by a drunk driver.

Snowsport Scotland, national governing body for snow sport in Scotland, said he died on Saturday. Mr Macfie was part of the GB team.

Mr Macfie studied at the University of Aberdeen and moved to Oregon to complete a masters degree.

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

A statement on Snowsport Scotland's website said that a service to celebrate the young man's life would be held at Mortonhall crematorium in Edinburgh on Saturday morning.

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

It said Mr Macfie's family hoped as many of his friends and family members as possible could attend, and have asked that no-one wears black ties.

Donations made at the service will be split between Campaign Against Drink Driving and the World Wildlife Fund.

A spokesman for Snowsport Scotland said: "He will be sorely missed not only by his family and friends but the sport as a whole. Our thoughts are with Andy, Rosie, Catriona, Ali and Euan.

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

"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."

Mr Macfie's Facebook page has been flooded with tributes from grieving friends.

Jo Morrison, from Torphins in Aberdeenshire, wrote: "Absolutely devastated Craig. Many amazing times together bud. Many memories. You had a huge impact on the people around you and will be sorely missed by everyone.

"Truly awful news. We will all miss you and you will never be forgotten. Rip dude xx."

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