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'Poisson hit tree in training crash death'

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French downhiller David Poisson's most successful seasons were 2013 and 2015

David Fish and its partners in the group velocity of the France team preparing for a few days at Nakiska in view of the speed events (downhill and super-G) in Lake Louise (Canada), counting for the world Cup and scheduled on November 25 and 26.

The resort is now only open to the public on weekends and is being used during the week as a training area for world-class alpine skiers in preparation for the looming World Cup season, which opens later this week. In 2013, he won his only World Cup medal, a bronze in Austria.

The French Ski Federation (FFS) said in a statement later on Tuesday afternoon that Poisson had lost a ski during a training run, crashed through the safety nets and reportedly hit a tree.

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"When we arrived we assessed an individual and determined him deceased on scene", Calgary EMS spokesperson Adam Loria said (via the National Post).

He made his World Cup debut in 2004 at the age of 20, earning his sole podium when he finished third in the downhill in Santa Caterina last season.Poisson, the father of a young son, took part at the 2010 and 2014 Winter Olympics at Vancouver and Sochi, finishing seventh and 16th respectively in the downhill races.

Other high-level skiers have joined the voices expressing shock at the incident, with British Olympian Chemmy Alcott notably tweeting that she "can't believe the tragic news", adding that he was "a great guy who was always either "charging" or smiling". Poisson is his country's first alpine World Cup skiing death since Regine Cavagnoud was killed in a training accident in 2001. "Eliminating risk entirely in downhill is impossible".

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