Buzzing on Yahoo Sports:

Olympic champion Morgenstern badly injured

Austria's Morgenstern reacts after taking the second place in the overall ranking of the four-hills ski jumping tournament after the final jumping in Bischofshofen

View photo

Austria's Thomas Morgenstern reacts after taking the second place in the overall ranking of the four-hills …

(Reuters) - Three-times Austrian Olympic ski jump champion Thomas Morgenstern is in hospital with a serious head injury and a damaged lung after a fall in training, the International Ski Federation (FIS) said on Friday.

An Austrian Ski Federation statement said Morgenstern's injuries were not life-threatening.

The 27-year-old lost his balance in the air, turned over and landed on his back and head, the FIS said on its website (

He briefly lost consciousness but was able to speak shortly after the crash at the ski flying event in Bad Mitterndorf, Austria.

Ski flying is a form of ski jumping from a higher slope so that the skier jumps further.

Austria's team doctor Herbert Leitner said: "Fortunately he was responsive, Thomas can move (his) arms and legs. That's very important. He asked me what happened."

Morgenstern received first aid on the hill and was flown by helicopter to a hospital in nearby Salzburg, where he is in intensive care.

"We can only hope for the best," said Alexander Pointner, the team's head coach. "This really hurts because we are all very close. Thomas is the heart of this team."

It is the second heavy fall for Morgenstern this season, with the Sochi Olympics only a month away, after he crashed on the snow following a jump at the World Cup in Titisee-Neustadt, Germany, on December 15.

Then, he suffered several bruises, face cuts and a broken finger but recovered quickly and finished runner-up to fellow Austrian Thomas Diethart in the Four Hills Tour last week.

Morgenstern won two Olympic titles in the individual and team large hill event in Turin in 2006 and a team large hill gold in Vancouver in 2010.

(Reporting By Tony Goodson, editing by Pritha Sarkar and Ken Ferris)

Win cash prizes, pick a fantasy roster for just one day, join in minutes!

Learn how to play

Contest Entries Entry Fee Prizes Starts (EDT)
EPL $20K Nobody Loses 656/10000 $1 $20000 Saturday 10:00 AM Enter
NBA $15K Tournament [$2K to 1st] 960/3410 $5 $15000 Today 7:00 PM Enter
NBA $10K Tournament [$1K to 1st] 127/455 $25 $10000 Today 7:00 PM Enter
View Comments (3)