Legendary Grand Prix F1 racing driver Michael Schumacher has been airlifted to a hospital in France after a skiing accident.
According to The Telegraph Michael Schumacher is in ‘critical condition’ and is currently comatose, after suffering from a brain haemorrhage caused by a head impact while on a skiing holiday. His family is by his bedside, the Hospital is not giving out any more information as of yet.
Schumacher was skiing in the French Alps in the luxury ‘Meribel’ ski resort, when he apparently got into a serious accident while skiing off-piste.
Meribel is one of France’s largest ski resorts with 150km of ski runs and 53 ski lifts.
‘Schumacher was wearing a helmet when fell and sustained a “relatively serious” head injury.” – French Mountain Gendarmeri
According to The Mirror, he hit a rock while he was skiing off-piste, and sustained a major head injury even though he was wearing a helmet. It appears that the helmet saved him because he did not lose consciousness from the impact.
“Schumacher was shocked, a little worried, but conscious. It could possibly be a cranial injury but it is not very serious.” – RMC Sports
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Michael Schumacher, who is widely considered to be the greatest Formula One racing driver in the history of the sport, was once suspected of being the true identity of the ‘Stig‘ on the popular BBC car show ‘Top Gear’. But it seems that Schumacher is better on the roads than on skis off the beaten path.
‘Off-piste’ skiing is popular with good skiers who can use their skills and experience to help them navigate through very deep snow, where other skiers have not smoothed out a known run.
Now retired from motor racing, Schumacher reportedly still makes $40 million a year. He was on a private skiing holiday with his 14 year old son Mick when the accident happened. He won’t like all this attention as he is known to shy away from the spotlight. Schumacher even moved to a 7000 square foot mansion in Switzerland with its own underground garage and gas station so he could avoid being seen in public!
According to Forbes, Schumacher was considered the 2nd highest paid athlete in the world in 2004. In 2005, Eurobusiness magazine said he was the world’s first billionaire sportsman.
Schumacher won an incredible 91 races, and he is considered by many to be the greatest driver who ever lived. Since retiring, he has been heavily involved in the development of new cars for Ferrari and Mercedes.
As a seven time Formula One World Champion, Schumacher won many races for the Scudiera Ferrari Marlboro racing team. He won the F1 championship an amazing five times in a row between 2000 and 2004.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Michael Schumacher to make a full and speedy recovery from his skiing accident in France.