'Great sadness': Sporting world mourns death of Olympic hero at 37

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AJ Rosen, pictured here at the Olympics competing for Great Britain.
AJ Rosen died at age 37 after a battle with cancer. Image: Getty

The sporting community is mourning the tragic death of three-time Winter Olympian AJ Rosen.

The British luge competitor died at 37 on Monday after a 'ferocious' battle with cancer.

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The American-born Rosen competed for Great Britain at the Turin Olympics in 2006, Vancouver in 2010 and PyeongChang in 2018.

He finished 16th in both 2006 and 2010 and 22nd in 2018.

Rosen holds the record for the best result at a Luge World Cup by a British athlete, finishing sixth in 2009.

AJ Rosen, pictured here in action at the 2010 Winter Olympics.
AJ Rosen in action at the 2010 Winter Olympics. (Photo by Nancie Battaglia /Sports Illustrated via Getty Images)

“With great sadness we announce that 3x Team GB Olympian AJ Rosen passed away this morning following a ferocious battle against cancer," Luge GB wrote on Twitter.

“AJ was not only one of the greatest ever GB Luge Olympians, he was also the friendliest and most down-to-earth person you could ever wish to meet.”

British Olympic Association boss Andy Anson said: “The British Olympic Association is deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Adam ‘AJ’ Rosen.

“A three-time Olympian competing in luge, AJ was often the sole representative from his sport for Team GB, but his infectious smile and warm personality made him a highly valued member of any Team GB delegation he was a part of.

"Our thoughts and condolences go to AJ’s family, loved ones and his sporting friends and colleagues.”

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GB Bobsleigh and Skeleton wrote: "We are deeply sorry to hear this devastating news. 

"Everyone here sends our love to AJ’s family & friends & to all of you in the GB Luge community."

Fans and fellow competitors have also been paying tribute to Rosen on social media.

Olympic skeleton athlete Ben Sandford said: "That’s terrible to hear, such a lovely guy. Always enjoyed catching up with him at tracks around the world. RIP AJ."

John Jackson wrote: "Saddened to hear the news about AJ Rosen. 

"We were Team GB teammates in the Vancouver 2010 Olympics and did a spot of double luging in our commentary box in 2018. RIP my friend."

One fan wrote: "So sorry to hear this news. I met AJ at my first Games in 2006.

"What a gentleman & ambassador for the sport. He’ll be sorely missed by all those who knew him."

Another added: "Whenever you were around AJ he would light up a room and always put a smile on your face. 

"You will be missed my friend! Rest In Peace."

Rosen announced his retirement from the sport after the 2018 Winter Olympics.

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