Ski Jumping

The Associated Press - Monday Jan. 13, 2014 08:26 ET

Thomas Morgenstern could compete in Sochi despite ski jump crash

Austrian recovering from 2nd big crash of season

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Thomas Morgenstern crashes during a trial jump at Bad Mitterndorf in Austria on Jan. 10. (Auer Erich/AFP/Getty Images)

Austrian ski jumper Thomas Morgenstern is recovering well from skull and lung injuries he sustained in a ski flying crash Friday, leaving open the possibility of competing at next month's Sochi Olympics.

Doctors at the Salzburg emergency hospital say they have given Morgenstern "the definite all-clear" and his recovery has been "very satisfying."

Austria ski jump head coach Alexander Pointner says he will leave a spot for Morgenstern in his Olympic team "open for as long as possible. I hope the chance will be there. I'll leave the door open for him."

A three-time Olympic champion, 27-year-old Morgenstern crashed while training for a ski flying World Cup. He lost balance in the air and landed on his back and head. He briefly lost consciousness but was responsive again shortly afterward.

It wasn't his first crash of the season. The Austrian was also briefly hospitalized after tumbling into the snow following a jump at the World Cup in Germany on Dec. 15. 

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