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Schumacher told wife of snow fears before crash – and had suggested skydiving

Michael Schumacher told his wife of snow fears before his skiing crash in December 2013 and had suggested they travel to Dubai to go skydiving instead.

His wife, Corinna, has broken her eight-year silence on the accident that left the seven-time Formula One champion in a coma for six months.

In a new Netflix documentary, titled 'SCHUMACHER', she discusses his life, the accident and his condition since as he continues to receive therapy and treatment at their Swiss home near Lake Geneva.

The couples children, Gina and Mick, also feature in the documentary which is released on the streaming site on September 15.

Speaking in the intimate documentary, Corinna explains that "Shortly before it happened in Meribel, he said to me, 'The snow isn't optimal. We could fly to Dubai and go skydiving there.'"

Moments later, while skiing with his son, Mick, Schumacher collided with a rock and suffered serious brain injuries that forced him into a medically-induced coma for six months.

Since leaving hospital in 2014, the family have lived a private life, with details of Schumacher's health closely protected by the family.

Corinna has now opened up about his therapy and how the family looks after him in the new documentary, however.

"I miss Michael every day. But it's not just me who misses him. It's the children, the family, his father, everyone around him.

"Everybody misses Michael, but Michael is here – different, but here. He still shows me how strong he is every day," she adds.

Schumacher won 91 Grand Prix's and seven world championships during his career as he raced for Jordan, Benetton, Ferrari and Mercedes for a total of 17 years across two spells in the sport.

Corinna always believed that they had 'guardian angels' that had helped him through his races without injury or incident.

"We'd always made it through his races safely. Which is why I was certain he had a few guardian angels that were keeping an eye out for him.

"I don't know if it's just kind of a protective wall that you put up yourself or if it's because you're in a way naive – but it simply never occurred to me that anything could ever happen to Michael.

"I never blamed God for why this happened now. It [the accident] was just really bad luck – all the bad luck anyone could ever have in their life."

The family have remained very private since the accident, with little details known about the condition of Schumacher even eight years after suffering the life-changing injuries.

Some have criticised Corinna for closing her husband off to the rest of the world, with his former manager Willi Weber claiming he has been 'cut out' of the Formula One legend's life.

With Schumacher's son Mick now following in his father's footsteps by driving for Haas Ferrari in Formula One this year, though, the family have opened up in the new documentary.

In his maiden season in F1, Mick Schumacher currently lies in 19th in the Drivers' Championship with a best finish of 12th at the Hungarian Grand Prix.

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