French skier dies after training crash

French downhill skier David Poisson dead after training crash in Canada

French media on Monday reported David Poisson, a former World Cup bronze medal victor in 2013 and competitor in both the Vancouver and Sochi Winter Games, was the skier killed while training on the Kananaskis slope Monday morning.

"David Poisson, 35, member of the French Alpine Ski Team, World Championship medallist in 2013, died accidentally following a fall during training at the Canadian Nakiska station", a statement from the FFS said.

The French federation said it would release more details on the accident in due course.

He secured his only World Cup podium in 2015 when he came third in the Santa Caterina downhill in Italy.

A specialist in speed events, he finished seventh in the downhill event at the 2010 Olympics.

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Poisson was training for the upcoming World Cup races in North America.

'I extend my deepest condolences to his loved ones, ' she wrote. He was a good man, a beast and a friend.

David Fish was preparing for the World Cup.

Poisson's death came 16 years after super-G world champion Regine Cavagnoud, a prominent French skier, died in Austria from brain injuries following a collision in training. "Eliminating risk entirely in downhill is impossible".

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