Olympic skier dies: David Poisson, French champion downhill athlete, tragically dies at 35 following horror training crash in Canada

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Posted on Nov 14 2017 - 3:25pm by admin
France's David Poisson has tragically passed awayFrance’s David Poisson has tragically passed away [Getty]

The 35-year-old champion downhill skier, who won a bronze medal in the 2013 world championships, tragically died in a training accident on Monday.

The heartbreaking news was confirmed by the French skiing federation, stating: “David Poisson, 35, member of the French Alpine Ski Team, World Championship medallist in 2013, died accidentally following a fall during training at the Canadian Nakiska station.

“Devastated by this news, 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 difficult times.”

David Poisson tragically diedDavid Poisson tragically died [Getty]

He passed away at the Canadian Nakisha ski resort, where he was preparing for the World Cup events in North America. 

He represented France at two Winter Olympics, finishing seventh in the downhill in 2010 and 16th in 2014.

The French skiing federation added it would provide additional information “as soon as possible”.

David Poisson was in the OlympicsDavid Poisson was in the Olympics [Getty]

Many headed to social media to share their shock at the loss of the athlete following the devastating news. 

Olympian Kelly VanderBeek said: “I’m in shock. France’s David Poisson has died after a crash at Nakiska while training.

“My heart goes out to the entire community, but especially his family, friends, and all those who loved him.”

French skier David Poisson poses with the French national flag French skier David Poisson poses with the French national flag [Getty]

Ski Sunday presenter Chemmy Alcott added: “Can’t believe the tragic news of David Poisson today. A great guy who was always either charging or smiling. Heart to all his family.

 “Absolutely tragic. Such a lovely man. Thoughts and love to his family. So sad.”

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