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French skier Poisson may have hit tree in fatal crash

FILE - In this Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2015 file photo, France's David Poisson celebrates his third place after completing a men's World Cup downhill in Santa Caterina Valfurva, Italy. French downhiller David Poisson died on Monday, Nov. 13, 2017 following a training crash in Canada. The French skiing federation said in a statement that the 35-year-old Poisson, who won a bronze medal in the downhill at the 2013 world championships, was training in the Canadian resort of Nakiska for World Cup races in North America. (AP Photo/Alessandro Trovati, file)

FILE - In this Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2015 file photo, France's David Poisson celebrates his third place after completing a men's World Cup downhill in Santa Caterina Valfurva, Italy. French downhiller David Poisson died on Monday, Nov. 13, 2017 following a training crash in Canada. The French skiing federation said in a statement that the 35-year-old Poisson, who won a bronze medal in the downhill at the 2013 world championships, was training in the Canadian resort of Nakiska for World Cup races in North America. (AP Photo/Alessandro Trovati, file)

PARIS — 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 the Canadian resort of Nakiska, which staged Alpine skiing races of the 1988 Olympics.

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

Poisson, who won the downhill bronze medal at the 2013 world championships, was training for World Cup races in North America.

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