Former F1 champion Schumacher injured while skiing

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Sunday, December 29, 2013

PARIS -- Seven-time Formula One champion Michael Schumacher sustained a head injury Sunday in a skiing accident in the French Alps, French authorities and his manager said Sunday.

The French Mountain Gendarmerie said Schumacher was wearing a helmet when he had a hard fall at the Meribel resort and that he sustained a "relatively serious" head injury. He was initially taken to a local hospital and later transferred to a hospital in the city of Grenoble.

In an email to The Associated Press, Schumacher's manager Sabine Kehm said the retired driver was on a private skiing trip and "fell on his head."

"We ask for understanding that we cannot give running updates on his condition. He wore a helmet and was not alone," Kehm said, without giving further details.

The French RMC radio had earlier quoted the resort director Christophe Gernigon-Lecomte as saying Schumacher fell while skiing off-piste. The gendarmerie, however, said the fall happened while he was on a trail.

Gernigon-Lecomte was quoted on the station's website as saying: "He was shocked, a little rattled, but conscious."

Gernigon-Lecomte did not immediately return calls requesting comment. (AP)

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