French downhill skier David Poisson dead after training crash in Canada

French downhill skier David Poisson dead after training crash in Canada

The French Skiing Federation (La Fédération Française de Ski (FFS)) confirmed Poisson's death, adding that it was "devastated by the news", and that "the federation joins the pain of his loved ones in these particularly hard times".

"Alpine Canada wishes to extend its deepest condolences on the tragic death of French national team skier David Poisson", Canada's national ski team wrote on its Facebook page.

"Devastated by this news", the statement said.

The French alpine ski team has been training at Nakiska ahead of the World Cup season, which is set to begin later in November at Alberta's Lake Louise Ski Resort.

The 35-year-old Poisson won a bronze medal in the downhill event at the 2013 world championships.

He had seen some success in previous Winter Olympics, coming seventh in one event in 2010, and 16th in 2014.

Poisson took bronze in the 2013 World Championships in Schladming in Austria, making his first podium.

"Devastated by this news, Michel Vion, president, Fabien Saguez, national technical director, and all of the sports and administrative staff of the federation join the pain of his loved ones in these particularly hard times".

The International Ski Federation expressed its condolences to Poisson's family and friends in a statement, praising "a respected and accomplished athlete on the World Cup tour ever since his debut in 2004". "So sad. I can't believe it".

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