International Ski Federation claims Petra Majdic responsible for her injuries during Olympic event

Posted By: The Ski Channel on February 24, 2010 1:36 pm

And she’s not happy about it. In fact, she flat out rejects their claims that it was her fault. If you missed the story, we reported on this earlier.

“For the record, Slovenian cross-country skier Petra Majdic is maybe the most hardcore person we’ve ever encountered. Girl was warming up for the 1.2 kilometer cross-country ski race in the Olympics on Wednesday when she tumbled down a gully after hitting an ice patch. She broke both ski poles and ski tip. She broke four ribs and collapsed a lung! Here’s the kicker–not only did she still race…girl won the bronze medal!! Wow!!

The Slovenian Olympic Committee is pissed that no one fixed the gully (hole). Blaz Perko is the deputy chief de mission for the Slovenian team: “Somebody should have taken care of that hole [gully],” Perko said. “There was not enough protection. The safety of the skiers was at risk. We have protested to the venue management and the ski experts. We will see about legal action. It might be a possibility.” The tragic death of luger Nodar Kumaritashvili may also bring some legal action, although that possibility is diminishing.

Majdic was awarded Slovenia’s Golden Order of Services “for an exceptional performance under difficult odds.” She showed up to the Olympic medal ceremony in a freakin wheelchair for Pete’s sake.

She was originally going to compete in today’s women’s pursuit race, but has withdrawn for obvious reasons. Majdic was considered Slovenia’s best hope for their first gold medal…but frankly the fact that she was able to pull off a bronze is beyond incredible to us.”

So now, Majdic is speaking out against the Federation, claiming the injuries are not her fault. “They (FIS) cannot tell me that I took the wrong curve. Maybe it was my fault that I fell down but it was not my fault that I crashed from the cliff on to the rocks.”

The argument from FIS was that the location of the accident “did not present unusual risks” and that “no other incidents occurred in the section of the course during training or during the competition”.

Well, no other incident occurred during competition because officials cleaned up the hole where Majdic fell. Doesn’t that negate their whole argument? “If they are saying that nothing is wrong, then why every day is this part more and more secure,” she said. “I don’t agree with that. It happened to me and no one has apologized for what happened. I will not agree that it was my fault.”

Many are asking whether or not legal action will ensue. Majdic says no. “The emotions are too strong, the pain too. My wish is not to sue the organizers or get a bunch of money. My wish is to show we are not gladiators. We must all be responsible for our actions. It is not to say: ‘It was your fault.’ It was all our faults.”