French skier Poisson dies in training

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Poisson also finished third in World Cup downhill held in Santa Caterina, Italy in December, 2015.

An early investigation has revealed details about the accident that caused the death of France's elite skier David Poisson on Monday in Canada.

Paris: French skier David Poisson, a downhill bronze medallist at the 2013 world championships, died after he lost a ski and hit a tree after falling heavily in training, the French ski federation said on Tuesday.

The FIS, skiing's world governing body, released a statement saying: "FIS extends its sincerest condolences to the team-mates, friends and loved ones of David Poisson, 35, a member of the French Alpine Ski Team who died accidentally on 13 November after a fall during downhill training at the Canadian resort of Nakiska".

The Frenchman - a bronze medal victor in downhill at the 2013 World Championships - was reportedly preparing for scheduled World Cup races due to take place in North America later this month.

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Poisson, a bulky racer with a broad smile nicknamed "Caillou" ("small stone"), was a popular figure on the World Cup circuit.

Nakiska was the site which staged Alpine skiing races during the 1988 Olympics. "The whole World Cup Tour will miss him".

"Our thoughts and our prayers go out to the individual's family in France", said Matt Mosteller with Resorts of the Canadian Rockies.

With files from CBC and Radio-Canada.

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