France skier Pois­son dies on Al­berta slopes

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French down­hill skier David Pois­son, a for­mer medal­list at the world cham­pi­onships, died on Mon­day fol­low­ing a train­ing crash in Canada. He was 35.

The French Ski Fed­er­a­tion said Pois­son, who won the down­hill bronze medal at the 2013 worlds, was train­ing in the Cana­dian re­sort of Nakiska for World Cup races in North Amer­ica. The fed­er­a­tion did not elab­o­rate.

French sports min­is­ter Laura Fles­sel ex­pressed her “sad­ness’’ and said she will look care­fully into the cir­cum­stances of the crash.

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

He se­cured his only World Cup podium in 2015 when he came third in the Santa Ca­te­rina down­hill in Italy, and was fourth in the pres­ti­gious Kitzbue­hel down­hill in 2013. He also com­peted in the last Win­ter Olympics, and hoped to qual­ify for the Pyeongchang Games.

The In­ter­na­tional Ski Fed­er­a­tion ex­pressed its con­do­lences and in a state­ment, praised “a re­spected and ac­com­plished ath­lete on the World Cup tour ever since his de­but in 2004.’’

Kelly Van­derbeek, a for­mer mem­ber of Canada’s alpine team, said she was “in shock’’.

“My heart goes out to the en­tire com­mu­nity, but es­pe­cially his fam­ily, friends, and all those who loved him,’’ Van­derbeek said Mon­day in a tweet.

Amer­i­can skier Steven Ny­man tweeted: “My heart goes out to David Pois­son’s fam­ily, friends and team­mates. He was a good man, a beast and a friend. I will miss him. The whole World Cup Tour will miss him.’’

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