Frenchman Poisson dies in training accident

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"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.

David Poisson, a former World Cup bronze medal victor in 2013, and competitor in both the Vancouver and Sochi Winter Games, was killed while training on the Kananaskis slope Monday morning.

"The federation, join the pain of his loved ones in these particularly hard times", the French skiing federation said in a statement.

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

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Poisson, a 35-year-old racer with a broad smile nicknamed "Caillou" ("small stone"), was a popular figure on the World Cup circuit. "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 also competed in the last Winter Olympics and hoped to qualify for the Pyeongchang Games.

He was preparing for the World Cup, which is set to take place across North America, and is said to have fallen, but no further details on the accident have been released.

"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. He was a good man, a beast and a friend.

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