French downhill skier Poisson dies following training accident

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The French Ski Federation (FFS) said in a statement later on Tuesday afternoon that Poisson had lost a ski during a training run, crashed through the safety nets and reportedly hit a tree.

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

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".

Last year, Poisson won a World Cup downhill race in Kitzbuhel in Austria.

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

David Fish, a 35-year-old, bronze medallist in downhill at the world Championships of alpine skiing 2013, died Monday after a fall in training in the canadian station of Nakiska, announced the French ski Federation (FFS).

Poisson, a bronze medallist at the 2013 World Championships, passed away after a crash in the resort of Nakiska.

"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". "So sad. I can't believe it".

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