Originally Posted by dakine
I'm of the belief that there are very few accidents and lots of mistakes.
Wouldn't expect someone with Schumi's skills to make mistakes.
But the biggest mistake one can make is to think that because they are good at one thing they are good at all things.
Unclear why someone who's a great driver would be incapable of making mistakes skiing. Or driving; I'm sure he'd be the first to say he's made plenty, but chance, and his skill set, favored him those days and he got away with them. At least those we'd even call a mistake; whether an invisible bit of gravel in the road just missed his front tire or didn't at 175 mph is not about his skill set or judgement. It's random chance. And if that rock he fell on had been an inch different in shape, or if he had been going 1 mph faster or slower, and just missed it during the fall, he might be telling his friends about his great run over a glass of Riesling.
I'm of the belief that most things that happen to us, or don't, are chance, from the drunk that just misses us in the crosswalk, to the branch we graze skiing in the woods, to the wonderful person we meet at a party that we almost didn't go to. Mistakes are what we call bad outcomes in hindsight, because we want to maintain the illusion we have more control over probability than we do. Sure, we can increase our skill sets so that we have a higher likelihood of recovering from random perturbations, like that branch in the woods, or an edge caught in bad snow, but even then, probability will catch up. Just ask Lindsey Vonn.
Did the helmet save his life? Hard to know. But odds are that if he struck a rock with his noggin hard enough to end up with serious brain trauma, the outcome without a helmet wouldn't have been better.