David Poisson: French alpine skier dies after training crash in Canada


French Alpine skier David Poisson has died following a crash during training at the Canadian resort of Nakiska, the French skiing federation said in a statement on Monday.

"According to information now available to the French ski federation, David Poisson fell heavily after losing a ski during a shared training session with other countries which took place yesterday (Monday) in Nakiska, Canada", the federation said.

Nicknamed "Caillou", the Frenchman was a popular figure on the World Cup circuit.

He secured his only World Cup podium in 2015 when he came third in the Santa Caterina downhill in Italy, and was fourth in the prestigious Kitzbuehel downhill in 2013.

He represented France at the 2010 and 2014 Winter Olympics.

David Fish and its partners in the group velocity of the France team preparing for a few days at Nakiska in view of the speed events (downhill and super-G) in Lake Louise (Canada), counting for the world Cup and scheduled on November 25 and 26.

The International Ski Federation (FIS) extended its condolences to Poisson's teammates and friends upon hearing of the incident, saying in a statement that the Frenchman was a "respected and accomplished athlete". I will miss him.

Poisson, 35, won men's downhill bronze medal at the 2013 World Championships in Schaldming, Austria. "The whole World Cup Tour will miss him". "Eliminating risk entirely in downhill is impossible".