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The alpine skier David Poisson, who died in a fall in training in Canada, is said to have crashed through safety netting and hit a tree.



The French Ski Federation has issued a statement saying the 35-year-old fell heavily after losing a ski.

"According to the information currently available to the French Ski Federation, David Poisson reportedly tumbled heavily after losing a ski during the shared training session with other nations that took place yesterday in Nakiska, Canada," the statement says.

"David Poisson reportedly hit a tree after passing through the safety nets."

The Federation says it has been in contact with the racer's family to support them.

Fabien Saguez, National Technical Director, and David Chastan, Director of the French Men's Alpine Ski Team, left for Nakiska on Tuesday.

The Federation says the two will attempt to determine the precise circumstances of the accident.

David Poisson, who won the bronze medal at the 2013 World Championships, was downhill training in Nakiska on Monday when the accident happened.

The French alpine team have been training in the resort in preparation for the World Cup in Lake Louise, Canada, at the end of next week.

The International Ski Federation said it was heartbreaking news and extended its condolences to the skier's teammates, friends, and loved ones.

Poisson, who specialised in the speed events, was a respected and accomplished athlete on the World Cup tour since his debut in 2004.

As well as his bronze medal in the World Championships, he made the podium at the Santa Caterina World Cup downhill in 2015 and had several top 10 World Cup finishes.

He competed in two Winter Olympics - at Vancouver in 2010 where he finished seventh in the downhill - and at Sochi in 2014.

Sciare Magazine has put together this photo montage as a tribute:

The news has shocked the alpine world.

The US skier and double Olympic champion Ted Ligety said: "Deeply shocked and saddened about David Poisson. Feeling for his friends and family".

The British former ski racer Ed Drake called David Poisson a "true competititor and gentleman".

Drake competed alongside Poisson in the Super G and Downhill events at the Vancouver Olympics.

Chemmy Alcott, another former British team racer and four-time Olympian was one of many to take to social media:

Chemmy Alcott pays tribute to David PoissonChemmy Alcott pays tribute to David Poisson




















And this from Kelly VanderBeek, a retired Canadian skier:

Kelly VanderBeek in shockKelly VanderBeek in shock




















Phil Smith, Snoworks:

So very very sad to hear the news about David Poisson. These are people that dream big and go and achieve those dreams.

It's not easy to make it to the top. Hard work, dedication, the ability to never give up, the determination to achieve your dream, the ability to keep on going.

Thank you David Poisson for inspiring so many people to go out and do it just like you.

Our thoughts are with you, your family, your team mates and all those ski racers out there working hard to achieve their dreams. RIP

International Ski Federation

FIS was saddened to learn about the passing of David Poisson, 35, a member of the French Alpine Ski Team who died in a downhill training accident on 13th November 2017 at the Canadian resort of Nakiska.

David was a respected and accomplished athlete on the FIS World Cup tour ever since his debut in 2004.

He was a bronze medallist in downhill at the 2013 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in Schladming (AUT) and a podium finisher at the Santa Caterina (ITA) World Cup downhill in 2015.

Nicknamed "Kaillou" (little rock), David was a role model and source of inspiration for many in the alpine skiing community. He will be greatly missed.

FIS would like to extend its sincerest condolences to his family, friends, teammates, and the French Ski Federation and wishes them much strength in this difficult time.

And from Salomon Racing:

Rest in PeaceRest in Peace



















15th November - more tributes have been coming in from the ski racing community:

Dave Ryding - GB

RIP Monsieur Poisson ... you always skied with all your heart! You will never be forgotten! Family, friends and teammates your in all our thoughts and prayers!

Lindsey Vonn - USA

This is devastating! My deepest condolences to his family. Rest In Peace David

Lara Gut - Switzerland

RIP David... ton sourire va nous manquer!!!

Alexis Pinterault - France

David, Toi l'Homme au grand coeur. Ta joie, tes valeurs, ta force...tu nous manques déjà beaucoup. Les mots me manquent mais je te promets que dans tous nos virages il y aura une petite partie de toi. On ne t'oubliera jamais!

Emma Carrick-Anderson - Snoworks (and GB Olympian)

David Poisson was an inspiration to so many and he will be so badly missed. Like Pinterault said, 'every turn we make will be a little bit for him.'

Italian Men's Alpine Ski Team

Rest In Peace David Poisson. Our condolences to his family, friends and teammates. Keeping everyone in our thoughts. Ciao campione

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