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Schumacher investigators seek fall video

A FRENCH state prosecutor wants to obtain an alleged mobile-phone video of a skiing accident that critically injured Formula One legend Michael Schumacher.

Schumacher's fall at the Meribel resort in the French Alps eight days ago, in which he hit his head on a rock, has left the 45-year-old in a medically induced coma for a severe brain trauma.

Questions have emerged about the circumstances of the accident, and Schumacher's manager, Sabine Kehm, announced that his family has given French authorities a camera affixed to his helmet to help elucidate the case.

Albertville prosecutor Patrick Quincy said that French investigators are also taking steps to obtain a copy of a smartphone video cited in a report by German news magazine Der Spiegel.

Der Spiegel reported on Saturday that an unnamed man had contacted the magazine claiming to have video of the accident on his smartphone.

The unnamed witness, described only as a 35-year-old flight attendant from the western German city of Essen, claimed Schumacher had been skiing gently between two ski pistes at no more than 20kph (12mph) before his fall.

Schumacher's brother Ralf and father Rolf yesterday returned to the Grenoble hospital where he has been receiving care.



SKI: Mikaela Shiffrin recovered to winning ways in Bormio yesterday to boost the American women's team as doubts over Lindsey Vonn's fitness for the Sochi Olympics intensified.

The slalom world champion beat in-form Swede Maria Pietilae-Holmner and France's Nastasja Noens to emerge as the US women's team's best chance of a gold medal in Russia next month.

US coaches Patrick Riml and Alex Hoedlmoser gave news of Vonn's rehabilitation work in the finish area of the Bormio stadium and hinted that the defending Olympic downhill champion might not be seen back in action before the Olympics.

"Her knee is very swollen and it's impossible for her to consider skiing for now," Hoedlmoser revealed.



TENNIS: Top-seeded Stanislas Wawrinka regained the Chennai Open title in India without dropping a set in the tournament when he defeated Edouard Roger-Vasselin of France 7-5, 6-2. It was the fifth ATP title for 2011 champion Wawrinka, who is presently ranked a career-best eighth.