Thomas Morgenstern gets ‘all clear,’ Olympics possible
Austrian ski jumper Thomas Morgenstern could compete at the Winter Olympics one month after a scary crash last week that he can’t remember.
Morgenstern was given a “definite all clear” by doctors Monday, three days after suffering skull and lung injuries, but will remain in rehabilitation mode for the next two weeks.
After that, it will be determined if he can jump in Sochi.
“His recovery process has been very satisfying so far,” head of clinic Josef Obrist said, according to The Associated Press. “The bleeding and the contusion have completely diminished. There was a risk of brain swelling, but that hasn’t occurred.”
Morgenstern is a three-time Olympic champion, winning the normal hill in 2006 and the team event in 2006 and 2010.
Doctors said he had a memory gap. Austria will name its Olympic ski jumping team Jan. 27.
“I’ll leave the door open for him,” Austria ski jump coach Alexander Pointner said, according to the AP. “Thomas deserves that 100 percent. It’s important for his further recovery now that he doesn’t have to worry about the Olympics.”