Frenchman Poisson dies in training accident

French downhiller David Poisson's most successful seasons were 2013 and 2015

"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", a statement from the FFS said.

The French skiing federation says downhiller David Poisson has died following a training crash in Canada.

The federation did not elaborate.

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

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

The resort is now only open to the public on weekends and is being used during the week as a training area for world-class alpine skiers in preparation for the looming World Cup season, which opens later this week.

France's David Poisson reacts after he crashed.

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

The International Ski Federation expressed its condolences to Poisson's family and friends in a statement, praising "a respected and accomplished athlete on the World Cup tour ever since his debut in 2004". "Eliminating risk entirely in downhill is impossible".

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