Thomas Morgenstern wants to compete in Sochi

23 January 2014 13:27
Thomas Morgenstern at the press conference
Thomas Morgenstern at the press conference -
ORF Sport +, orf.at

On Thursday, Thomas Morgenstern spoke about his current state of health and the plans for the future for the first time since his serious fall at the ski flying World Cup in Bad Mitterndorf about two weeks ago.

"Under the circumstances I'm doing extremely well. It's impressive how fast by body recovered. I'm feeling better every day and I already started with easy training. It's all very positive", Morgenstern said at a press conference in Klagenfurt.

The Olympic Winter Games in Sochi are still his big goal. "You have to set goals. Who knows me, knows that my goals are always high. I want to be fit again for the Olympic Games. I'm on a very good track, actually it's already better than I would have expected. The deadline for the nomination is the 27th, and I hope that I'll be on the list of the Ski Association."  

From a medical point of view, it's possible that Thomas Morgenstern competes in Sochi. "Thomas makes this decision. According to our medical examinations and checks there are no restrictions", told DR. Georg Lajtaj, who considers the 27-year-old a person with outstanding mental strength. "There are people who emerge from a crisis stronger than they were before."

Despite the huge motivation to participate in Sochi, there were also thought about ending the career recently. "Of course you think about a career end after two falls. But honestly, I don't want to end my career with a fall. I want to achieve my goal and go to the Olympics. I will decided then, what happens afterwards."

Thomas Morgenstern is already doing physical training together with his coach Heinz Kuttin and will make his first jumps again soon. "It's also about planning on what hills we can jump and when. We will do physcial training every day. Thomas sets the pace", Kuttin said at the press conference.