Schwarzenegger Breaks Leg In Ski Accident

California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger speaks at a gathering of the California Commonwealth Club in San Francisco, Wednesday, July 19, 2006.
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California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger broke his leg while skiing with his family in Sun Valley, Idaho, a spokesman said.

Schwarzenegger, 59, was taken to a local hospital for X-rays after the Saturday morning accident and was soon discharged with a fracture to his right femur, said Adam Mendelsohn, the governor's Deputy Chief of Staff for Communications.

Schwarzenegger would have surgery to repair his femur when he returns to Los Angeles from his scheduled holiday trip, Mendelsohn said. The governor was resting at his Sun Valley home Saturday night and still planned to spend Christmas there.

No one else was involved in the skiing accident, Mendelsohn said.

The fracture was the second medical problem suffered by the governor in just over 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.

The Sun Valley Resort, a favorite skiing destination for celebrities, includes a short ski trail named "Arnold's Run" after Schwarzenegger. The trail is categorized as a black diamond, or most 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.

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