French skier killed at Alberta resort may have hit tree 'after going through the safety netting'
The French Ski Federation says an early investigation into the death of David Poisson suggests the safety netting failed and he hit a tree.
The 35-year-old Poisson died on Monday while training at Alberta's Nakiska Ski Area, which staged alpine skiing races during the 1988 Olympics.
The assessment from French officials is consistent with what police said Monday.
Kananaskis RCMP said Poisson died as a result of injuries he suffered after he caught an edge and crashed through safety netting, striking a tree.
The French federation issued a statement on Tuesday saying Poisson lost a ski then fell heavily, and "might have hit a tree after going through the safety netting."
Paramedics declared him dead at the scene, according to Calgary EMS spokesman Adam Loria.
Poisson, who won the downhill bronze medal at the 2013 world championships, was training for World Cup races in North America.
French sports minister Laura Flessel expressed her "sadness" over Poisson's death and said she will look carefully into the circumstances of the crash.
Poisson competed in the last Winter Olympics and hoped to qualify for the Pyeongchang Games in 2018.
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."
An official with Resorts of the Canadian Rockies, which operates Nakiska, said several teams, including France, have been training at the resort in preparation for the upcoming World Cup season.
"They take care of their own training. They set their own courses. They do everything themselves," Matt Mosteller said.
"It's just horrible that this has happened and really our hearts are torn apart by it and our thoughts and prayers are with his family in France."