Austrian ski jumping Olympic hero Thomas Morgenstern modestly claims that his astonishing feats at the Games are simply down to the fact that he was “just in good shape”.
Thomas, also a junior world champion in 2003 and 2004, entered the world cup circuit at the age of 16. He secured his first world cup victory at the same age in Liberec and his team won four gold medals in the Nordic World Ski Championships. He dominated the beginning of the 2007/08 championship, winning the first six competitions; an all-time record.
Heading into the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics with a fierce determination, he added to his two earlier gold medals with an Austrian team gold with Gregor Schlierenzauer, Wolfgang Loitzl and Andreas Kofler and an extraordinary 1107.9-point score. "I feel so fantastic. It is a dream. And now three, three gold medals," he said afterwards. "… We have all done it together, such great friends, such a great team."
Since the 2010-11 season, Thomas’s career has continued to fly high. He won his first Four Hills Tournament, took his first individual world championships gold medal in Oslo, as well as a two further gold medals in the team events. In 2011-2012, he achieved 22 podium places, and added to his incredible gold medal haul with a team win at the ski flying world championships in Vikersund. More recently, Thomas picked up a silver medal at the team ski jumping competition at the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships in Italy.Read more