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Canadian World Cup and Olympic ski racing organizer Darrell MacLachlan dies at 63

CALGARY — An facilitator of international skiing in Canada has died.

Darrell MacLachlan was chief of race for men's alpine skiing at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Whistler, B.C., and the annual World Cup downhill races in Lake Louise, Alta.

The 63-year-old Calgarian died of cancer Oct. 9.

MacLachlan volunteered as chief of race in Lake Louise for almost two decades. He was a technical delegate for men's alpine races at the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia.

"It's a big loss for the Lake Louise organizing committee and for the entire alpine World Cup family," said Markus Waldner, the chief race director of men's alpine races for the world governing body of the sport.

"It was always a pleasure to work alongside such a valuable and passionate character."

MacLachlan was an engineering technician who worked in construction. He recently taught a project management course at the University of Calgary.

MacLachlan is survived by his wife Lynne Gibson and daughter Alison MacLachlan.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 14, 2020.

The Canadian Press