David Poisson, French Olympic skier, dies in coaching accident aged 35


French skier David Poisson, who gained a bronze medal in the downhill at the 2013 globe championships, died in a training accident on Monday. He was 35.

The French skiing federation confirmed the news in a assertion. “The federation joins the soreness of his loved types in these specially tricky periods,” it stated.

Poisson died at the Nakiska ski vacation resort west of Calgary, exactly where he was making ready for the future Planet Cup events in North The us. The 1st party usually takes position this thirty day period at Alberta’s Lake Louise. His most effective end at a Environment Cup event came in 2015 when he finished third at Santa Caterina in Italy.

Chemmy Alcott (@ChemmySki)

Are unable to feel the tragic news of currently.A terrific guy who was generally both charging or smiling. ❤️ to all his relatives.

November 13, 2017

The 4-time Olympic skier Chemmy Alcott paid tribute to Poisson on Twitter. “Can’t believe the tragic news. A excellent person who was normally possibly charging or smiling,” she wrote.

Poisson was a preferred determine on the ski circuit acknowledged for his wide grin, and was nicknamed “Caillou” (“small stone”) thanks to his little, stocky physique. The Worldwide Ski Federation compensated tribute to “a highly regarded and achieved athlete on the Earth Cup tour at any time given that his debut in 2004”.

Poisson represented France at two Wintertime Olympics, finishing seventh in the downhill in 2010 and 16th in 2014. His dying is not the very first time French skiing has been strike by tragedy. Planet Tremendous G champion Regine Cavagnoud .