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French skiers to start in Lake Louise after David Poisson’s death

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SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 06: David Poisson of France starts a run during training for the Alpine Skiing Men’s Downhill ahead of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Rosa Khutor Alpine Center on February 6, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)

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PARIS (AP) — The French skiing federation says its athletes will compete in Lake Louise at the first World Cup speed events of the Alpine season despite the death of David Poisson earlier this week.

The 35-year-old Poisson died on Monday in a crash while training at the Canadian resort of Nakiska, which staged Alpine skiing races of the 1988 Olympics.

The federation said in a statement Sunday that it has provided psychological support to all members of the French squad who were present in Nakiska when Poisson died, and that “all athletes decided to start the first speed World Cup of the season on Nov. 25-26 in Lake Louise, Canada.”

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

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