Thomas Morgenstern, the reigning Olympic Ski Flying Champion has had some good days “at work”.
The 27 year old Austrian has won the Overall Ski Jumping World Cup twice, the Four Hills Tournament, the Nordic Tournament, the Grand Prix three times, with 12 gold medals between the World Championships and Olympic games, he is one of the most successful jumpers in the world today.
On Friday this all came crashing down. Literally. Morgenstern was practising for the World Cup round at Tauplitz, Austria on the HS200 (200m) hill.
On this hill, the athletes leave the jump at 100km/h and soar between 190 and 200m to the landing zone.
Morgenstern became unstable during the flight.
This was the result:
Morgenstern was immediately attended by the on-site medical teams and heli-evacuated to hospital in Salzburg.
The FIS has said he suffered a cranial injury and a bruised lung. He is conscious and able to speak.
That is one very bad day at work.
Crashes and falls are not uncommon in the sport, however, this is one of the worst in recent times.