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.
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