Photo: Gabriele Facciotti Associated Press
The alpine skier French David Fish died during training in Canada.
The accidental death of the French David Poisson, Monday, to training in Canada, has tragically reminded us that the descent of alpine skiing was the sport is extremely dangerous, the most deadly of the olympic events, despite the constant efforts to ensure more security.
David Fish and its partners in the group velocity of the France team preparing for a few days at Nakiska, Alberta, in view of the speed events (downhill and super-G) in Lake Louise, counting for the world Cup and scheduled on November 25 and 26.
35-year-old Fish, bronze medalist in downhill at the World championships 2013 in Schladming (Austria), died 16 years and two weeks after Régine Cavagnoud.
“Hard as a rock, it was a guy great” : the voice broken by the emotion, Christian Frison-Roche, ex-director race of the oem and Solomon, remembers the skier of Peisey-Vallandry, loyal to the brand since his teenage years.
Actually, ” Rock “, his nickname in the group of the team speed of France, was cheerful, smiling. Of small size, it “sent” in the slopes are extreme. His only podium in the world Cup, had been signed on the difficult track Deborah Compagnoni, Santa Caterina Valfurva, Italy.
He had also failed at the foot of the podium – the fourth – on the two monuments of the circuit, the Stelvio while, and the ice and cant Bormio (December 29, 2009) and the legendary streif slope at Kitzbühel (26 January 2013).
Father of a little boy, the Savoyard had also the modesty and simplicity of these men of the mountain, facing the constant danger but that does surjouent not.
When asked if he felt sometimes the ball in the stomach before speeding down the tracks with peaks of over 140 km/h, with the only viaticum two planks and a helmet, he smiled. Then he sat down, crossed his arms beefy and explained calmly that it was his passion, his profession. Finally, almost out of the ordinary.
As if the curse had begun to distil its poison, David Fish had lost his father, taken by cancer two weeks ago.
All in shock, past champions or coaches have insisted on a dimension : “the great family of the riders “, where compliance is not a vain word. Because the concept of danger tightens beings.