Goodbye David Poisson

Goodbye David Poisson

French downhill skier David Poisson, a former medallist at the world championships, died on Monday following a training crash in Canada. He was 35. The French Ski Federation said Poisson, who won the downhill bronze medal at the 2013 worlds, was training in the Canadian resort of Nakiska for World Cup races in North America.

 

He secured his only World Cup podium in 2015 when he came third in the Santa Caterina downhill in Italy, and was fourth in the prestigious Kitzbuehel downhill in 2013. He also competed in the last Winter Olympics, and hoped to qualify for the Pyeongchang Games. The International Ski Federation expressed its condolences to Poisson’s family and friends in a statement, praising “a respected and accomplished athlete on the World Cup tour ever since his debut in 2004.”

 

Members of Canada’s ski community also expressed their sorrow. “Sending love and support to Poisson’s family, team and the entire ski racing community … David’s tragic accident is felt at the deepest level,” Canadian Kerrin Lee-Gardner, a former World Cup alpine ski racer and Olympic gold medallist, said on Twitter.

 

Kelly VanderBeek, another former member of Canada’s Olympic alpine ski team, said she was “in shock” at news of Poisson’s death. “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.

 

American ski racer Steven Nyman tweeted: “My heart goes out to David Poisson’s family, friends and teammates. He was a good man, a beast and a friend. I will miss him. The whole World Cup Tour will miss him.”

 

Source: www.nationalpost.com

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