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article imageHelmet-cam shows Schumacher skiing off 'marked' path before fall

By Yukio Strachan     Jan 8, 2014 in Sports
Albertville - A camera affixed to Michael Schumacher's ski helmet has provided key information to investigators probing the skiing accident that critically injured the seven-time Formula One world champion, a French state prosecutor said Wednesday.
The new developments from the investigation into Schumacher's accident came on Wednesday at a live news conference in Albertville, France with Patrick Quincy, the Albertville prosecutor and investigators assigned to the case.
Schumacher, who has won more world titles and races than any other driver in history, has been fighting for his life since December 29 when he sustained severe brain injuries while skiing in the French Alps. One of Schumacher's skis hit a rock causing him to lose balance and fall headfirst onto a rock, splitting his helmet in two.
Michael Schumacher Skiing Accident press conference screenshot
Michael Schumacher Skiing Accident press conference screenshot
Screenshot via Youvideo
He remains in critical, but stable condition while doctors at the Grenoble University Hospital Center keep the 45-year-old in a medically induced coma to ease the pressure on his brain.
Hoping it could shed light on the circumstances accident at the Meribel resort, Schumacher's manager, Sabine Kehm, announced Saturday that Schumacher's family had given French authorities probing the accident the GoPro camera affixed to his helmet at the time, The Associated Press reported.
Despite the many videos on YouTube claiming to have this footage, according to the The Associated Press, the images reviewed from the helmet-cam were not made public.
At the press conference, Quincy said the two-minute film from the helmet camera showed the former Formula 1 driver had left a properly marked out trail at the time of his fall, Sky News stated.
"He was skiing between three and six meters (10 and 20 feet) away from the regular ski trail," the prosecutor told reporters.
"At one point, his skis struck the top of a rock slightly visible above the snow. He loses his balance and his body falls ahead of the rock. His head hits a rock located approximately 3.5 meters (11.5 feet) below. The first rock and the second one that he hit with his head are eight meters (26 feet) away from the border of the ski trail."
Investigators said the sign posts marking the slopes was in accordance with regulations.
"There are French standards setting rules on safety, signalling, demarcation ... The checks we have made show these standards had been respected," Quincy said.
Faulty skis?
The skis, which were nearly brand new, were "not the cause of the accident." The bindings were "in good condition", said Stephane Bozon, one of the local policemen involved in the investigation.
Excessive speed?
"His pace was completely normal for a skilled skier," said Lt. Col. Benoit Vinneman of the regional police investigation unit.
The finding appears to clear up earlier reports put out by the Meribel ski resort, France 24 reported. The ski resort initially said that Schumacher was skiing at high speeds when he fell.
Still, the reason why the racing champion chose to ski off an established trail remains a mystery. According to France 24, Schumacher’s media representative said the former racing driver had slowed down to help a friend who had fallen when the accident occurred.
Quincy said the footage taken from the camera couldn't confirm that claim, though experts would be called in to review the Schumacher camera footage "image by image" to catch anything missed from their viewing.
You can watch the full press conference into the investigation of Schumacher's skiing accident streamed live on Jan 8, 2014 below:
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