|Arnold Schwarzenegger, an experienced skier who was born in Austria, had a skiing accident in Sun Valley, Idaho.|
California governor breaks leg on slopes
Schwarzenegger is facing surgery
SAN FRANCISCO -- Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger of California will require surgery after breaking a leg while skiing with his family in Sun Valley, Idaho, a spokesman said.
Hospital X-rays showed that Schwarzenegger, 59, fractured his right femur, said Adam Mendelsohn, the governor's deputy chief of staff for communications, and will have surgery to repair the bone when he returns to Los Angeles.
The governor remained at his Sun Valley home yesterday and was described as being in good spirits. He plans to spend Christmas there with his wife, Maria Shriver, and their four children.
No one else was involved in the accident Saturday morning, Mendelsohn said. The governor, a native of Austria, is an experienced skier.
The fracture was the third medical problem the governor has suffered within a year.
He spent several hours at a University of California, Davis, hospital last December with a rapid heartbeat after coming down with a stomach flu. In January, Schwarzenegger needed 15 stitches to repair a cut lip after his
The Sun Valley resort, a favorite destination for celebrities, includes a short ski trail named Arnold's Run, after Schwarzenegger. The trail is categorized as a black diamond, or very difficult, for its challenging terrain.
The name and level of difficulty of the trail the governor was skiing when his accident occurred were not released.