By John Ensor •
Published: 12 Dec 2023 • 13:31
Michael Schumacher pictured in 2012.
Has a decade unveiled new truths about Michael Schumacher’s ski accident? This December marks ten years since the incident that dramatically changed the life of the Formula 1 champion.
On the 29th of December, 2013, Michael Schumacher, one of the greatest talents in Formula 1, met with a severe skiing accident in the French Alps.
Despite his return home, the specifics of his current health condition remain a closely guarded secret, with Schumacher staying out of the public eye, writes F1 Fansite.
German journalist Jens Gideon, in a conversation with ARD, brought to light two significant errors from that fateful day.
After discussions with a ski instructor, Gideon identified the first mistake, on the day in question there was insufficient snow cover.
This condition exposed more rocks and made skiing treacherous. ‘You don’t go in there on a day like that,’ a colleague of Gideon noted. ‘It was clear there wasn’t enough snow.’
The second oversight involved Schumacher’s initial medical response. Gideon suggested that immediate transport to a specialised hospital in Grenoble might have made a huge difference to the outcome.
Instead, Schumacher, who was initially conscious, was taken to a hospital in Moutiers and later moved to another facility as his condition worsened, indicating the initial underestimation of his injuries.
A decade later, Schumacher remains away from public view. His manager, Sabine Kehm, anticipates that the upcoming ARD documentary will faithfully represent the legendary driver.
‘If an athlete manages to have his name almost synonymous with the sport he practices, then it’s no longer possible [to separate the two]. Someone hears Michael’s name and immediately thinks of ‘Formula 1,’ Kehm stated.
She hopes the documentary will also capture Schumacher’s personal qualities. ‘[He] always stayed with himself,’ she said, highlighting his resilience and character traits.
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