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Thomas Morgenstern to go to Winter Games

Morgenstern hopeful for podium despite crash

Austrian ski jumper Thomas Morgenstern has spoken of his hope to get a place on the podium at the Sochi Winter Olympics despite the fact his is still recovering from an accident that left him hospitalised for a week in January.

Twenty-seven-year-old Morgenstern has completed three practice jumps this week, the first serious jumps he has done since he had accident in training on 10 January where he landed on his back and neck after losing balance mid-air.

"It's step by step. We went in every [practice] round and I was very satisfied," he has said after this week's training. "I am in really good shape."

Already the holder of two Olympic medals from individual and team events at Turin in 2006 and a team gold medal from Vancouver in 2010, Morgenstern is looking forward to his upcoming time at Sochi.

"My hope here is to get through the Games, to get back home safely and hopefully I can surprise in the competition as well," he added. "I'm really looking forward to it and I at least know there is no pressure at the moment because of my fall."

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