French skier Poisson dies in training

French Olympian killed while training at Nakiska

Men's Downhill training - Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany - 26/01/17 - David Poisson of France in action. Eyewitnesses report a lack of protection on the course.

"According to information now available to the French ski federation, David Poisson fell heavily after losing a ski during a shared training session with other countries which took place yesterday (Monday) in Nakiska, Canada", the federation said.

The federation says in a statement that Poisson lost a ski, then fell heavily, and "might have hit a tree after going through the safety netting".

Poisson is one of many skiers from several nations who have been training at Nakiska in advance of the World Cup event at Lake Louise later this month.

The French Ski Federation said in a statement that David Poisson, a former medallist at the world championships, was training at Nakiska for upcoming World Cup races in North America but did not elaborate on the circumstances. An emergency team tried to revive Poisson for an hour and a half after the accident.

An official with the association called Resorts of the Canadian Rockies, Matt Mosteller, told CBC that they take care of their own training and set their own courses.

Nicknamed "Caillou", the Frenchman was a popular figure on the World Cup circuit.

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