French Olympic skier David Poisson dies in training accident in Canada

French Olympic skier David Poisson dies in training accident in Canada

David Poisson has died at the age of 35

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

A French Olympic skier has died at the age of 35 in an accident whilst he was training yesterday (November 13).

The French Skiing Federation released a statement on David Poisson's death. It read: "The federation joins the pain of his loved ones in these particularly difficult times."

Poisson died at the Nakiska Ski Resort in Canada. The skier had been training for the World Cup which is set to take place in North America.

Poisson's best-ever result during a World Cup was in 2015 as he ended in third place at Santa Caterina in Italy, according to The Guardian.

A tribute was paid by the International Ski Federation. It said Poisson was “a respected and accomplished athlete on the World Cup tour ever since his debut in 2004”.

Fellow skier Chemmy Alcott also tweeted about Poisson and said: “Can’t believe the tragic news. A great guy who was always either charging or smiling."

Poisson competed in the Winter Olympics twice for France. In 2010 he took part in the downhill and came in seventh place and in 2014 he finished in 16th place. He also won a bronze medal in the world championships in 2013.

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