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Austrian ski jumper recovering from horrific crash

January 16, 2014|By David Wharton
  • Austria's Thomas Morgenstern crashes during a trial round for the FIS Ski Jumping World Cup on Jan. 10.
Austria's Thomas Morgenstern crashes during a trial round for the… (Erich Auer / European Press…)

Three-time Olympic champion Thomas Morgenstern, who suffered a horrific ski jumping crash last week, has been released from the hospital and could recover in time for the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

Morgenstern lost control during a training jump, turning sideways in midair and landing hard down the hill. He was diagnosed with skull and lung injuries.

Now he "is doing surprisingly well," a doctor told the Austria Press Agency on Thursday. "He still has a memory gap but that's nothing unusual."

The Austrian athlete was moved to a rehabilitation clinic in Klagenfurt, Austria.

Friday's crash was his second in a month. He previously suffered facial injuries and a broken finger in Germany.

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