David Poisson, French Olympic skier, dies in training accident aged 35

French skier David Poisson, who received a bronze medal in the downhill on the 2013 world championships, died in a training accident on Monday. He was 35.

The French snowboarding federation confirmed the information in a press release. “The federation joins the pain of his loved ones in these particularly difficult times,” it stated.

Poisson died on the Nakiska ski resort west of Calgary, the place he was making ready for the upcoming World Cup occasions in North America. The first occasion takes place this month at Alberta’s Lake Louise. His greatest end at a World Cup occasion got here in 2015 when he completed third at Santa Caterina in Italy.

Chemmy Alcott
(@ChemmySki)

Can’t consider the tragic information of #davidpoisson in the present day.An awesome man who was all the time both charging or smiling. ❤️ to all his household. @fisalpine


November 13, 2017

The four-time Olympic skier Chemmy Alcott paid tribute to Poisson on Twitter. “Can’t believe the tragic news. A great guy who was always either charging or smiling,” she wrote.

Poisson was a preferred determine on the ski circuit identified for his broad grin, and was nicknamed “Caillou” (“small stone”) resulting from his small, stocky physique. The International Ski Federation paid tribute to “a respected and accomplished athlete on the World Cup tour ever since his debut in 2004”.

Poisson represented France at two Winter Olympics, ending seventh in the downhill in 2010 and 16th in 2014. His demise just isn’t the primary time French snowboarding has been hit by tragedy. World Super G champion Regine Cavagnoud was killed in a collision whereas training in 2001.

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