Ex-Canadian skier Rob Bosinger dies

Canadian skiing suffered a big loss on Friday when Rob Bosinger, a former World Cup downhill racer and coach with Alpine Canada, died suddenly due to a coronary arhythmic disturbance.

Bosinger was 39 and is survived by his wife Janet and his seven-month-old son Mats.

The native of Montreal was a member of Alpine Canada's ski team for seven seasons and was a coach from 1996 to 2000. His best result during his racing career was a seventh-place finish at a downhill race in 1988.

"What could you not like about Rob?" said former teammate Rob Boyd, now a coach with the Canadian women's downhill team. "He was fun-loving and had a quirky sense of humour."

"Rob was not only knowledgeable but he was also extremely passionate," said Ken Read, Alpine Canada's president. "While his contribution to the sport will always remain, his superior people skills will be missed."

Those sentiments were echoed by Max Gartner, Alpine Canada's chief athletic officer, who said Bosinger "will be greatly missed."

with files from Canadian Press