Nov 18, 2012; Austin, TX, USA; Formula One driver Michael Schumacher (7) is introduced before the start of the United States Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

F1 Champ Michael Schumacher in Critical Condition

Formula 1 Champion Michael Schumacher is in critical condition after a skiing accident in the French Alps early Sunday.

The 44-year-old German fell and hit his head on a rock, said the director of the Meribel resort where Schumacher was skiing.

Schumacher arrived at the hospital in a deep coma and was rushed into emergency brain surgery. According to reports, Shumacher was skiing on an unmarked path where he fell and hit his head on a rock. He was wearing a helmet.

“We have to wait for a police report,” Resort director Christophe Gernignon-Lecomte said. “There is an open investigation going on. We insist on the fact that Michael Schumacher was skiing off-piste and his fall is not linked to an avalanche.”

Schumacher’s spokesperson Sabine Kehm released a statement saying, “We ask for understanding that we cannot give continuous information about his health. He was wearing a helmet and was not alone. For his fall, no other person was involved.”

Stay tuned to Beyond the Flag for more information as it is released.

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