Thomas Morgenstern, three-time Olympic champion, 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. At the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, he won both individual and team gold medals in the "large hill" events! 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 a team victory 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’ career 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.
During the 2013-14 season, Thomas suffered two serious accidents. The first one following a jump at the World Cup in Titisee-Neustadt, Germany, on 15th December. He suffered several bruises, face cuts and a broken finger but still finished runner-up in the highly respected Four Hills series in January!
On 10th January 2014, the Austrian suffered a serious head injury and lung damage after a training fall in Tauplitz. "It was the hardest time of my life", declared Thomas. "To take part in any competition and go back on the hill after what has happened was so difficult and even to think about ski jumping again was hard." However, that didn't stop him from resuming his training for the Olympics after an extremely quick recovery! Team Austria came second in the men's large hill, but only after a fine effort by Thomas, who contributed to a nail-biting seesaw battle with Germany.
In September 2014, Thomas told the world “My career ends today” but he knows he most certainly won’t get bored, he has plenty to keep him occupied: spending time with his family, flying helicopters, practicing sport… they’re all on the agenda.Read more