Ac­ci­dent claims life of French Olympian

Calgary Sun - - NEWS - — SHAWN LO­GAN

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.

DAVID POIS­SON

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