French skiers to start in Lake Louise after Poisson's death

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 (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.