Early investigation suggests French skier killed after safety netting failed

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"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.

Poisson was training with team-mates before World Cup events at Lake Louise on 25-26 November.

The French Ski Federation says an early investigation into the death of David Poisson, at Nakiska Monday, suggests the safety netting failed and he hit a tree.

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 was reportedly well-liked among skiers, and affectionately nicknamed "Caillou" (small stone or pebble) due to his small stature.

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He won the downhill bronze medal at the 2013 worlds. He had a baby boy in March 2016 and had lost his father at the end of October 2017. The site is not open to the public at this time of year, but only for private training for elite athletes preparing for the World Cup.

"Unfortunately, a awful incident has occurred", said Matt Mosteller.

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

With files from CBC and Radio-Canada.

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