25 Feb 2010

Slovenian skier claims crash wasn't her fault

1:08 pm on 25 February 2010

Slovenian skier Petra Majdic has rejected suggestions by the International Ski Federation (FIS) that she's responsible for her training accident before the women's Olympic 1.4 kilometre sprint at Whistler.

During a warm-up run for the event last week, medal favourite Majdic broke five ribs after hitting a patch of ice on a corner of the track before plunging down a hill into a gully.

Majdic defied medical advice and excruciating pain to battle through the three sprint races and clinch the bronze medal.

Slovenia filed a complaint with the International Olympic Committee, Games organisers and the FIS because of dangerous track conditions, but officials later found no grounds for concern.

Majdic says it may have been her fault that she fell, but it she had no control over crashing from the cliff on to the rocks.