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Investigators into the cause of the ski accident suffered by Formula 1 multi-champion Michael Schumacher held a press conference in Albertville, France, on Wednesday, January 8, to provide an update on their work.

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At the conference, according to CNN, investigators announced that they have ruled out undue speed, the condition of his skis, or improper signage at the Meribel resort as possible contributing factors to the accident. They are using a two-minute video from a helmet cam used by Mr. Schumacher while skiing to aid them in their investigation.

According to CNN, Prosecutor Patrick Quincy said the investigation is in its early stages and may take several weeks to complete.

Another investigator, Lt. Col. Benoit Vinneman, according to CNN, said that the racer was going at "a normal speed for an experienced skier."

Quincy agreed that speed was not a factor and also said that they had ruled out the condition of the racer's skis because they were nearly new. Signage at the Meribel resort was also appropriate for conditions, he said.

According to the Washington Post, the footage from Schumacher's helmet showed investigators that he was skiing off the groomed trail when the accident occurred.

"Mr. Schumacher is a good skier who knows Meribel," said Quincy.

Seven-time Formula 1 World Champion Michael Schumacher fell while skiing in the French Alps on December 29. He was later transported to the Grenoble University Hospital where he remains in a coma after two surgeries on his brain. There has been no news about his condition since it was released that a brain scan showed slight improvement after the second surgery.

Ferrari representatives and fans held a silent vigil outside the hospital on Friday, January 3, to mark the champion's 45th birthday.

Since then, the racer's wife, Corinna, has requested that media leave the hospital premises in order to allow the doctors and her family to care for the German athlete without disturbance.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Connie Ann Kirk, Ph.D. has been credentialed by the FIA to write about Formula 1. With a historic racer from upstate New York, she is working on a book about racers and racing.

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