Remembering Rob Bosinger, Canadian alpine skier
|Mats Bosinger already taking after his father.|
Mats Bosinger skied his first race recently at the event named for his father.
The 4-1/2 year old, a spitting image of his late father, raced in the Rob Bosinger Memorial Weekend – also known as the “Bozo Cup” -- at Sunshine Village in Banff earlier this month.
Rob Bosinger, whose nickname was “Bozo” when he raced on the Canadian alpine ski team, was just 38 and had no history of heart trouble when he died suddenly of a cardiac arrhythmia on May 20, 2005.
“Rob would have been so proud! I was so proud,” his widow, Janet Carswell-Bosinger, wrote Alpine Canada’s press chief emeritus Ed Champagne in an email. “This is a hard day for us but I know Rob would be happy for how we have all carried on and how we have honoured him with his incredible legacy.”
Rob Bosinger was making a name for himself as a coach and mentor of young skiers when he died. The “Rob Bosinger Ski Scholarship” is given out yearly to skiers in Alberta who demonstrate the qualities Bosinger exemplified: “Passion for the sport, ambition and courage, combined with talent and accomplishment, in pursuit of excellence in ski racing in Alberta.”
This year’s winners of Logan Thackray of the Banff Alpine Racers and Tony Naciuk of the Edmonton Ski Club.
Funds raised at the event go to help the Canadian Sudden Arrhythmia Death Syndromes Foundation.
Here’s a photo of Rob Bosinger with his teammates at Whistler in March 1988. From L to R: Ralf Socher, Felix Belczyk, Dan Moar, Rob Boyd, Don Stevens, Mike Carney and Rob Bosinger.