Published: Wed, November 15, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Early investigation suggests French skier killed after safety netting failed

Early investigation suggests French skier killed after safety netting failed

"The French ski federation has since last night been in contact with David's family to support and accompany it in this bad moment", the federation added.Poisson, who lost his own father to cancer two weeks ago, was a hugely popular figure on the World Cup circuit, known by his nickname of "Caillou" - the French for pebble - given his short muscular build.

They are still waiting to hear from the French team to see if they want any sort of tribute to Poisson to be held at the World Cup event.

The French ski federation says the 35-year-old Poisson appears to have lost a ski, fallen heavily, crashed through a safety net and hit a tree.

The International Ski Federation (FIS) extended its condolences to Poisson's teammates and friends upon hearing of the incident, saying in a statement that the Frenchman was a "respected and accomplished athlete". "He was a bronze medallist in downhill at the 2013 World Championships and a podium finisher at the Santa Caterina World Cup downhill in 2015". He had a baby boy in March 2016 and had lost his father at the end of October 2017.

A well-known French downhill skier died during training at the Nakiska Ski Area on Monday, resort officials have confirmed.

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

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