David Poisson: French alpine skier dies after training crash in Canada


France's David Poisson is seen here at the men's downhill Alpine Ski World Cup race in Kvitfjell, Norway on March 12, 2016.

French skier David Poisson has died after a fall in training in Canada. Poisson was training with along with other competitors from around the world at the resort of Nakiska in the western province of Alberta.

A French national ski team veteran and former Olympian as been killed during a training run at the Nakiska Ski Area west of Calgary.

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The Frenchman - a bronze medal victor in downhill at the 2013 World Championships - was reportedly preparing for scheduled World Cup races due to take place in North America later this month.

He was preparing for the World Cup, which is set to take place across North America, and is said to have fallen, but no further details on the accident have been released.

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

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Nicknamed "Caillou", the Frenchman was a popular figure on the World Cup circuit.

"Our thoughts and our prayers go out to the individual's family in France", said Matt Mosteller with Resorts of the Canadian Rockies.

With files from CBC and Radio-Canada.

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