Ski jumper Morgenstern hurt during crash
(SportsNetwork.com) - Decorated Austrian ski jumper Thomas Morgenstern suffered head and lung injuries in a scary fall Friday in his home country but was conscious and responsive in a hospital.
The International Ski Federation said Morgenstern, a three-time Olympic gold medalist in large hill competition, suffererd "a serious cranial injury and a lung contusion" in the fall, which happened during training for a ski flying World Cup.
Video of the crash online showed Morgenstern coming out of his jump as his skis splayed and his arms waived. He landed hard on his back and head and tumbled down the hill.
Morgenstern was the individual large hill champion at the 2006 Turin Olympics and also captured gold as part of Austria's winning team in the event. He was part of the team that won team gold at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics as well.
FIS said Morgenstern would be in intensive care at a hospital in Salzburg for 72 hours. The next official update on his condition is expected on Monday.
The men's normal hill competition at the Sochi Olympics runs from Feb. 8-9. Large hill individual competition is Feb. 14 and 15 and the team competition is scheduled for the 17th.
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