Thomas Morgenstern

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Personal information
Full name Thomas Morgenstern
Born (1986-10-30) 30 October 1986 (age 28)
Austria Spittal an der Drau, Austria
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)
Professional information
Club SV Villach
Skis Fischer
Personal best 232 m (Planica 2011)
World Cup
Seasons 2002–14
Wins 23 (+1 Ski Flying +16 Team)
Additional podiums 53 (+4 Ski Flying +14 Team)
Total podiums 76 (+5 Ski Flying +30 Team)
Updated on 26 February 2014.

Thomas Morgenstern (born 30 October 1986) is an Austrian former ski jumper. He is one of the most successful contemporary ski jumpers, having won the world cup twice; the Four Hills Tournament and the Nordic Tournament once each; the Grand Prix three times; and 12 gold medals at world championships and Olympic games. After a career spanning twelve years at World Cup level, Morgenstern retired in September 2014.

Personal life[edit]

In 2013 he left his girlfriend of 10 years and went on vacation to Hawaii with his new girlfriend, a physiotherapist.[1] He has a daughter named Lily (born 26 December 2012) with his ex-fiancee.

After winning gold medal individually in Oslo 2011.
Andreas Kofler, Thomas Morgenstern, Adam Małysz in Oslo 2011 – medal ceremony (men individual, normal hill)
Thomas with Austrian team – Gregor Schlierenzauer, Andreas Kofler, Martin Koch in Oslo 2011 (team, normal hill)
Adams Bulls Eye – Thomas Morgenstern, Simon Ammann, Gregor Schlierenzauer
Thomas Morgenstern on World Cup Ski flying in Vikersund 2011
SFC Vikersund 2012 Thomas Morgenstern during the jump.
SFC Vikersund 2012 Thomas Morgenstern after jump.
During te theam competition on 2 March 2013.
Individual competition on World Championship 2013 in Val di Fiemme on large hill.
Medal ceremony at World Championship 2013 in Val di Fiemme (team competition).

Career[edit]

Morgenstern began his ski jumping career in the Continental Cup, winning three events out of four attempts.[2] He made his senior level World Cup debut at the 2002–03 Four Hills Tournament, where he finished 9th in Oberstdorf, 25th in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, 9th in Innsbruck and 6th in Bischofshofen; this placed him 10th overall in the final tournament standings. Five days after the end of the tournament, he won his first World Cup event in Liberec.[3] In the following summer, he won the Ski jumping Grand Prix for the first time.[4]

At the start of the 2003–04 season, Morgenstern suffered a violent accident in Kuusamo, in which he was hit by a gust of wind just after takeoff, forcing him to flip over in mid-air and land hard on his back.[5] He only sustained minor injuries, and managed to recover quickly to continue his success. He was second overall to Sigurd Pettersen during most of that season's Four Hills tournament, finally ending up in fourth place. He won his first team medal with a 3rd place at the Ski-Flying World Championships.[6]

In the next season, Morgenstern won gold medals in both team events (normal hill and large hill) at the Nordic World Ski Championships.[7]

During the 2006 Winter Olympics, he won the gold medals in the individual and team large hill competitions.[8] Further, he won the bronze medal in the single event at the Ski-Flying World Championships in Bad Mitterndorf.[6] By ending up as 5th, Morgenstern achieved his best ranking in the world cup so far.[3]

In the 2006–07 season, he won the large hill team event at the Nordic World Ski Championships. Further, by reaching the 3rd place in the normal hill event he won his first individual medal at world championships.[7] As in 2003, Morgenstern won the Ski jumping Grand Prix.[4]

At the beginning of the 2007–08 season, he won the first six competitions, which is an all-time record.[9] With these six wins he also tied the record for most wins in a row, previously set by Janne Ahonen, Matti Hautamäki and Gregor Schlierenzauer.[10] In early 2008, Morgenstern won a gold medal at the Ski-Flying World Championships in Oberstdorf. Morgenstern won the world cup for the first time, 233 points ahead of Gregor Schlierenzauer.

During the 2008–09 season, Morgenstern could not win any competition, but won a team gold medal at the Nordic World Ski Championships in Liberec.[7]

The 2009–10 world cup again was very modest with only two victories. However, Morgenstern won gold medals in the team events at the Ski-Flying World Championships and the 2010 Winter Olympics.[6][8]

The season 2010–11 again started very successful by winning four of the first six competitions. Morgenstern further won the Four Hills Tournament for the first time in this season. In January 2011, he won his first ski flying event in Harrachov, and fixed his second victory of the ski jumping world cup with a 5th place at the ski flying competition in Vikersund on 13 February. At the 2011 FIS Nordic World Ski Championships in Oslo he won gold on the normal hill. It was his first gold medal in an individual event at world championships. In the following he further won gold medals in the team events (normal hill and large hill), both times together with Andreas Kofler, Martin Koch and Gregor Schlierenzauer, as well as the silver medal in the individual large-hill event.

On 10 January 2014 he suffered serious head injuries during training for the ski flying event in Bad Mitterndorf.[11] He recovered in time to take part in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, where he placed 14th in the normal hill and 40th in the large hill men's individual ski jumping events.[12]

On September 26, 2014 Morgenstern announced his retirement from competitive ski jumping.[13]

Honours[edit]

Results[edit]

Olympic Games[edit]

FIS Ski Flying championships[edit]

World Ski Championships[edit]

Junior World Ski Championships[edit]

World Cup[edit]

  • Single ski jumping: 71 podiums, 23 victories
  • Single ski flying: 5 podiums, 1 victory
  • Team: 30 podiums, 16 victories[3]
Single
Season Date Country/Venue
2002–03 11 January 2003 Liberec
2005–06 10 March 2006 Lillehammer
2007–08 1 December 2007 Kuusamo
8 December 2007 Trondheim
9 December 2007 Trondheim
13 December 2007 Villach
14 December 2007 Villach
22 December 2007 Engelberg
30 December 2007 Oberstdorf
2 February 2008 Sapporo
3 February 2008 Sapporo
8 February 2008 Liberec
2009–10 6 January 2010 Bischofshofen
16 January 2010 Sapporo
2010–11 4 December 2010 Lillehammer
5 December 2010 Lillehammer
17 December 2010 Engelberg
18 December 2010 Engelberg
29 December 2010 Oberstdorf
3 January 2011 Innsbruck
9 January 2011 Harrachov
2011–12 6 January 2012 Bischofshofen
2013–14 14 December 2013 Titisee-Neustadt
Team
Season Date Country/Venue
2002–03 8 March 2003 Oslo
2004–05 12 February 2005 Pragelato
2005–06 4 March 2006 Lahti
2006–07 10 March 2007 Lahti
2008–09 7 February 2009 Willingen
7 March 2009 Lahti
14 March 2009 Vikersund
2009–10 27 November 2009 Kuusamo
2010–11 27 November 2010 Kuusamo
29 January 2011 Willingen
6 February 2011 Oberstdorf
12 March 2011 Lahti
19 March 2011 Planica
2011–12 27 November 2011 Kuusamo
Single overview
Season WC SF 4H NT
2002–03 20  – 10 13
2003–04 6  – 4 9
2004–05 7  – 3 8
2005–06 5  – 20 1
2006–07 6  – 4 17
2007–08 1  – 2 6
2008–09 7 18 8 8
2009–10 3 18 6 3
2010–11 1 3 1  –
2011–12 2

WC: World Cup,
SF: Ski Flying,
4H: Four Hills Tournament,
NT: Nordic Tournament

Summer Grand Prix[edit]

  • Single: 25 podiums, 10 victories
  • Team: 8 podiums, 6 victories[4]
Single
Season Date Country/Venue
2003 10 August 2003 Hinterzarten
2005 14 August 2005 Courchevel
2007 12 August 2007 Hinterzarten
18 August 2007 Einsiedeln
24 August 2007 Zakopane
2011 17 July 2011 Wisła
20 July 2011 Szczyrk
23 July 2011 Zakopane
7 August 2011 Hinterzarten
13 August 2011 Courchevel
Team
Season Date Country/Venue
2003 9 August 2003 Hinterzarten
2004 4 August 2004 Hinterzarten
2007 11 August 2007 Hinterzarten
2008 26 July 2008 Hinterzarten
2011 22 July 2011 Zakopane
6 August 2011 Hinterzarten
Single overview
Season Place
2003 1
2004 4
2005 3
2006 26
2007 1
2008 7
2009 52
2010 4
2011 1

Continental Cup[edit]

  • Single: 4 podiums, 3 victories[2]
Single
Season Date Country/Venue
2002–03 15 December 2002 Lahti
21 December 2002 Liberec
22 December 2002 Liberec
Single overview
Season Place
2002–03 18

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Awards
Preceded by
Thomas Vanek
Jürgen Melzer
Austrian Sportsman of the year
2008
2011
Succeeded by
Wolfgang Loitzl
Marcel Hirscher