Angela Merkel Breaks Her Pelvis Skiing

Angela Merkel Skiing

Two Germans down, more to go? A week after Formula One world champion Michael Schumacher slammed his head on a rock while skiing off-piste, German Chancellor Angela Merkel suffered a pelvic fracture after falling during a cross-country ski trip.

While Schumacher’s injury sent the 45-year-old German into a medically induced coma while he fights for his life, Angela Merkel’s injury was a bit less severe. Merkel, 59, had been skiing “at low speeds” while on vacation in the Swiss Alps when she fell, cracking her pelvis.

Ski experts say cross-country skiing is much less dangerous than downhill – probably because the trails are flat and cross-country skiers go at the pace of snails…

“Without wanting to play down what happened to Mrs. Merkel, the chances of injury in cross-country skiing are slim compared to downhill,” said Michael Berner of Germany’s Foundation for Ski Safety. “Still, anyone who does cross-country skiing should learn to do it properly first and have a certain level of fitness.”

But apparently both types of skiing have the ability to knock out a German.

According to a chief government spokesman, the Chancellor will be out of commission for three weeks while her fractured pelvis heals. The doctor has ordered her to remain lying down as much as possible in the next three weeks and avoid any unnecessary trips.

Luckily, Merkel can just call up her personal masseuse, George W. Bush, and get another awkward rub down to aid her recovery.

Merkel Rub

Via: CBC News

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