Austria’s Morgenstern makes first jumps since ski flying crash
INNSBRUCK, Austria — The Austrian ski federation says three-time Olympic champion Thomas Morgenstern has made his first training jumps since recovering from a ski flying crash and is determined to compete at the Sochi Games.
The federation says Morgenstern jumped Friday morning and evening "without complications … The focus of the 27-year-old is still on Sochi."
Morgenstern was hospitalized with skull and lung injuries after a training crash in Tauplitz on Jan. 10, four weeks after suffering facial cuts, bruises and a broken finger following a bad landing during a World Cup event in Titisee-Neustadt, Germany.
The federation says Morgenstern will continue training on the hill in Oberstdorf, Germany, on Saturday, and will travel to Sochi on Tuesday.
Qualifying for the first Olympic ski jump event on the normal hill starts Feb. 8.