Austria's Morgenstern still recovering from injuries

The Sports NetworkJanuary 13, 2014 

Salzburg, Austria (SportsNetwork.com) - Austrian ski jumper Thomas Morgenstern is recovering from last week's fall in his home country and could be ready to compete in the Olympics next month.

Doctors gave an update on the Olympic champion's condition Monday and said Morgenstern will continue his recovery at a Salzburg hospital through the week before beginning a rehab period.

"(Test results) of the skull and spine showed a regression of cerebral hemorrhage and pulmonary contusion," said Dr. Josef Obrist. "It is in a steady state."

Morgenstern suffered a cranial injury and lung contusion in a fall last Friday. He landed hard on his back and head before tumbling down the hill.

Austrian coach Alexander Pointner said Morgenstern has memory gaps from the crash, but has watched video of it. Pointner added that he hopes Morgenstern will be able to compete in the Olympics and will not finalize his team for the Sochi Games until the Jan. 27 deadline.

Morgenstern was the individual large hill champion at the 2006 Torino Games and also captured gold that year as part of the team event. He was also a member of Austria's gold-medal team effort at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics.

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