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Thomas Morgenstern retires with 3 Olympic ski jumping golds

Thomas Morgenstern

Austria’s Thomas Morgenstern reacts after competing in the Men’s Ski Jumping Team Final Round at the RusSki Gorki Jumping Center during the Sochi Winter Olympics on February 17, 2014, in Rosa Khutor, near Sochi. AFP PHOTO / KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV (Photo credit should read KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/AFP/Getty Images)

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Austrian Thomas Morgenstern, a three-time Olympic champion, announced his retirement Friday, following a comeback from scary crashes to win silver at the Sochi Olympics.

Morgenstern, 27, won team ski jumping medals at three straight Olympics -- gold in 2006 and 2010 and silver in Sochi. He also captured the individual large hill in 2006.

“I am making a jump into a new life, and I am looking forward to it,” Morgenstern said, according to The Associated Press. “I want all the positive memories to prevail.”

He’s Austria’s only Olympic individual ski jumping champion since 1992. Nordic combined skier Felix Gottwald was the only Austrian to win more Olympic medals, with seven, according to sports-reference.com.

Morgenstern was in serious doubt to reach his third Olympics in Sochi following scary crashes in December and January. He suffered skull and lung injuries in the latter spill (video here).

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