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Michael Schumacher ski accident

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Published on Dec 29, 2013

Michael Schumacher suffered a head injury in a skiing accident in the French Alps today.

The seven-time Formula One world champion crashed while skiing in the resort of Meribel and was airlifted to hospital.

The 44-year-old German retired from F1 for the final time in 2012 after a three-season comeback with Mercedes.

Schumacher was wearing a helmet when he hit his head.

The former racing driver's spokeswomen Sabine Kehm said in a statement: "Michael fell on his head when he was on a private skiing trip in the French Alps.

"He was taken to hospital and is receiving professional medical attention.

"We ask for understanding that we cannot give out continuous information about his health.

"He was wearing a helmet and was not alone. No one else was involved in the fall."

The director of the Meribel resort was quoted as saying the injury, which happened at 11.07am local time, was "not very serious".

Christophe Gernignon-Lecomte said on rmcsport.bfmtv.com: "It was a pretty heavy fall at 1100 this morning while skiing off piste. He was wearing a helmet. He was conscious after his fall.

"Two or three minutes later two ski patrol intervened to help him. They immediately asked for a medical evacuation helicopter. It arrived in less than 15 minutes. He was sent to Moutiers first, then on to Grenoble for more analysis."



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