Schumacher ski accident: speed, skis not to blame – police [video] image

French police investigators, on Wednesday told reporters that they have ruled out any problems with the skis and that speed was not an important factor on Schumacher’s accident that happened last week at the Meribel resort in the French Alps.

French police was able to investigate a two-minute recording from a Go-Pro high definition camera that was attached on Michael Schumacher’s helmet. When asked by journalists if they were able to determine the exact speed, Lt. Col. Benoit Vinneman said speed was not considered a significant factor.

“”His pace was completely normal for a skilled skier, ” Vinneman said.

“Because of that slope, he tried to reduce his speed, but there were few curves. We can’t estimate his speed at km/h.”

In addition, Schumacher’s skis were almost new.

“The rock that he hit was 8 meters from piste. His position after he fell was 9 meters away from the piste. So we examined the film,  that confirmed all the information we had. We used this film to do a reconstruction of the accident,” the French investigators said.

Last week, on Dec. 29, Schumacher hit a rock during his vacation at the Meribel resort in the French Alps. The impact was so strong it split his helmet in two.  He is in induced coma since then.