SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. (AP) - Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger
skipped an environmental conference Saturday to have his knee
examined at a Los Angeles hospital after apparently suffering a torn meniscus while exercising.
The California governor was scheduled to attend a summit on
climate change in South Lake Tahoe, but pulled out at the last
"Governor Schwarzenegger called me early this morning, at 7
a.m., and said he had torn his meniscus and was on the way to the
hospital in Los Angeles," U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein,
Schwarzenegger's co-host of the summit, told the crowd Saturday
The governor injured his knee while working out recently and it had been bothering him all week, said Matt David, Schwarzenegger's
spokesman. A border governors' conference in Hollywood and ongoing
budget negotiations in Sacramento had kept him from getting it checked out, he said.
David said Schwarzenegger is scheduled to return to work Monday,
The former bodybuilder-actor-turned politician, who turned 61last month, has suffered numerous physical injuries over the years,
most recently when he shattered his femur during a skiing accident
The seven-time Mr. Olympia also has had a hip and a heart valve
replaced and had rotator cuff surgery in 2003. He also suffered
several broken ribs in a 2001 motorcycle crash and had to have 15
stitches following another motorcycle crash in 2006.
Schwarzenegger's Secretary of Resources, Mike Chrisman, filled
in for him on the outdoor stage set amid pines on the shore of Lake
"I guarantee you the governor would rather be here today than
where he is, trying to figure out whether he has to have his knee
operated on for a torn meniscus," Chrisman said.
Saturday's event was attended by officials from the California,
Nevada and federal governments.
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