Accident claims life of French Olympian
a French national ski team veteran and former olympian has been killed during a training run at the Nakiska ski area west of Calgary.
david Poisson, a former World Cup bronze medal winner in 2013 and competitor in both the vancouver and sochi Winter Games, was killed while training on the Kananaskis slope monday morning.
While details surrounding the crash remain limited, a spokesman with resorts of the Canadian rockies said they’ve joined French team members and the global skiing community in mourning Poisson’s death.
“unfortunately, a horrible incident has occurred,” said matt mosteller. “right now what’s most important is supporting and caring for the friends and family and team members.”
after news of the deadly accident broke, tributes to the athlete began to emerge online.
“alpine Canada wishes to extend its deepest condolences on the tragic death of French national team skier david Poisson,” Canada’s national ski team wrote on its Facebook page. “our thoughts and prayers go out to his family, friends, teammates, and fans at this difficult time.”
Poisson, 35, placed seventh overall in downhill skiing during the 2010 vancouver Games and 16th during the 2014 Games in sochi, russia, after joining the World Cup tour 13 years ago. In 2013, he won his only World Cup medal, a bronze in austria.