Appointments Cancelled Merkel Breaks Pelvis in Skiing Accident

German Chancellor Angela Merkel fractured her pelvis in a skiing accident while on Christmas vacation in Switzerland, her spokesman said Monday. She has cancelled appointments and will have to spend much of the next three weeks lying down.

Chancellor Angela Merkel broke her pelvis in a skiing accident.

Chancellor Angela Merkel broke her pelvis in a skiing accident.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, 59, has cancelled many of her appointments after injuring her pelvis while cross-country skiing in Switzerland during the Christmas break.

"She fell. While cross-country skiing. We think it was at low speed," government spokesman Steffen Seibert said. He said she had suffered "heavy bruising combined with an incomplete fracture of the left rear pelvic ring."

Merkel spent her Christmas vacation in the Swiss resort of Engadin.

The injury means Merkel will have to lie down as much as possible for the next three weeks, will need crutches to walk and is unable to fly. This week, she has had to cancel a visit to Poland and the inaugural visit of the new Luxembourg Prime Minister, Xavier Bettel, to Berlin.

The injury comes on the heels of the horrific skiing accident suffered by German seven-time Formula 1 world champion Michael Schumacher. He was said on Saturday to be in critical but stable condition after suffering serious head injuries while skiing in the French resort of Meribel on December 29.

cro -- with wire reports


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broremann 01/06/2014
1. skiing and Merkel
it appears to be a dangerous sport, but how dangerous compared with other sports?
pkc 01/06/2014
2. x-country skiing
it isn't dangerous. in my part of the country it is the favorite sport of the over 70s. this is the first time i've heard of an injury. it is approximately as dangerous as walking across room filled with toilet paper. she didn't do anything risky, just had crazy bad luck.
peskyvera 01/06/2014
3. optional
It all depends on how dangerous and thrilling you make it. How fast can you go cross-country skying anyhow.
peskyvera 01/06/2014
4. optional
Engadin is not a resort, it is an area in which St. Moritz is located.
pmoseley 01/06/2014
5. Vertical
What is it about Germans and gravity when it comes to snow? They don't seem to be able to stay upright.
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