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Austria celebrates silver medal in team ski jump

By Samantha Mitchell,

Austria's ski jump head coach has spoken of his happiness after the men's ski jump team managed to finish with a silver medal following a tense competition on Monday.

Austria was in the lead at one point although eventually lost it to the German team who shot to first place following excellent jumps from 18-year-old Andreas Wellinger and 25-year-old Severin Freund.

"We have won a silver and not lost a gold," said head coach Alexander Pointer. "I am happy that we held it together."

Austria has in the past usually come out top in ski jump competitions, having won the gold in the men's ski jump at both the 2006 and 2010 Winter Olympics. However they did not manage to win any medals in the individual competition at the weekend, for the first time since 2002.

The team silver was the fourth Olympic medal picked up by Thomas Morgenstern, who has won medals at the previous two Winter Olympics Games. Morgenstern recently admitted to fearing large jumps after having crashed twice in training just weeks before the Sochi Games, one of which landed him in hospital and rehab after he lost is balance mid-jump and landed on his neck and back.

Following his crash, Morgernstern spoke of his desire just get through Games and back home safely, although he was hoping to surprise fans with a podium position in the competition as well. The team silver medal follows a more disappointing result at the individual normal hill ski jump last week where Morgenstern finished in 14th position despite ranking highly in previous competitions.

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