Ski jumper Morgenstern eyes Olympics despite crash

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 23, 2014 at 10:00 am •  Published: January 23, 2014
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KLAGENFURT, Austria (AP) — Austrian ski jumper Thomas Morgenstern says he still hopes to compete at the Sochi Olympics, just weeks after suffering skull and lung injuries in a ski flying crash.

Morgenstern says "it's not about gold, silver or bronze. I want to go to the Olympics because they are something special."

Doctors at a rehabilitation clinic where Morgenstern has been recovering say there is no medical reason for the three-time Olympic champion to avoid competing in Sochi.

Morgenstern lost balance and fell on his back and head during a training jump for a World Cup ski flying event in Tauplitz on Jan. 10, less than four weeks after suffering bruises, face cuts and a broken finger in a crash at Titisee-Neustadt, Germany.