David Pois­son, 35; down­hill skier killed in crash

Woonsocket Call - - Region/obituaries -

PARIS ( AP) — French down­hill skier David Pois­son, a for­mer medal­ist 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.

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