GRENOBLE, FRANCE - JANUARY 03: Fans gather outside the Grenoble University Hospital Centre to mark the 45th birthday of former German Formula One driver Michael Schumacher who is being treated for a severe head injury following a skiing accident on Sunday in Meribel on January 3, 2014 in Grenoble, France. (Photo by Alex Grimm/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Speed not a factor as more information on Schumacher ski accident emerges

Michael Schumacher’s long-serving press officer Sabine Kehm has revealed how a journalist attempted to access the seven-time Formula 1 World Champion’s room at the Grenoble Hospital and confirmed the German had not been speed skiing as some suggest.

Before providing media with an insight into the circumstances of the skiing accident, which has left Schumacher in a coma and fighting for his life, Kehm reported, “Apparently a journalist dressed as a priest had tried to gain access to Michael’s room. I wouldn’t have ever imagined something like this could happen.”

This after Schumacher’s family had on Monday appealed for privacy during this trying period. The journalist and the media outlet concerned were not identified.

Kehm went on to shed more light into the circumstances of the fall which incurred the serious head injuries which afflicted Schumacher after he fell while skiing the Dent de Burgin mountain, towards Meribel where he owns a family chalet.

GRENOBLE, FRANCE - JANUARY 03: Fans gather outside the Grenoble University Hospital Centre to mark the 45th birthday of former German Formula One driver Michael Schumacher who is being treated for a severe head injury following a skiing accident on Sunday in Meribel on January 3, 2014 in Grenoble, France. (Photo by Alex Grimm/Bongarts/Getty Images)

“I think after having spoken to several people that were with Michael at the time that the group had been skiing on slopes that were normal slopes,” she said.

“There was a red slope and a blue slope and in between there was a part which was deep snow and Michael went into that. But even after that, it would seem from everything people have told me that he was not even travelling at high speed as he had helped a friend who had fallen on the piste.

“So he started to ski again, went into the deep snow and apparently what we assume is he hit a rock when he wanted to do a curve and he was catapulted in the air and apparently went head down hitting another rock.

“It was extremely unfortunate circumstances and not because he was speeding too much. It was something, I have spoken to several people – including ski instructors – and they say it can happen at 10km/h. It is just very, very unfortunate.”

Schumacher remains in an induced coma in the Grenoble Hospital, having had two brain operations since he was admitted on Sunday. According to doctors his condition has improved slightly since he was admitted, but they “cannot forecast” what the future holds for the German F1 legend. (GP247)

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