Morgenstern in 2014
|Born||30 October 1986|
Spittal an der Drau, Austria
|Height||1.84 m (6 ft 1⁄2 in)|
|Personal best||232 m (761 ft)|
Planica, 19 March 2011
|World Cup career|
|Overall titles||2 (2008, 2011)|
|Four Hills titles||1 (2011)|
|Nordic titles||1 (2006)|
|Updated on 10 February 2016.|
Thomas Morgenstern (born 30 October 1986) is an Austrian former ski jumper who competed from 2002 to 2014. He is one of the sport's most successful contemporary athletes, having won the World Cup overall title twice, the Four Hills Tournament and the Nordic Tournament once each, eight World Championship gold medals (one individual, seven team), and three Winter Olympic gold medals (one individual, two team).
Morgenstern began his ski jumping career in the Continental Cup, winning three events out of four attempts. 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. In the following summer, he won the Ski jumping Grand Prix for the first time.
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. 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.
During the 2006 Winter Olympics, he won the gold medals in the individual and team large hill competitions. Further, he won the bronze medal in the single event at the Ski-Flying World Championships in Bad Mitterndorf. By ending up as 5th, Morgenstern achieved his best ranking in the world cup so far.
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. As in 2003, Morgenstern won the Ski jumping Grand Prix.
At the beginning of the 2007–08 season, he won the first six competitions, which is an all-time record. 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. 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.
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. 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.
On 26 September 2014, Morgenstern announced his retirement from competitive ski jumping. His last jump in competitive ski jumping was when he won the silver medal with the Austrian team at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.
|1||2002/03||11 January 2003||Liberec||Ještěd A K120 (night)||LH|
|2||2005/06||10 March 2006||Lillehammer||Lysgårdsbakken HS134 (night)||LH|
|3||2007/08||1 December 2007||Kuusamo||Rukatunturi HS142 (night)||LH|
|4||8 December 2007||Trondheim||Granåsen HS131 (night)||LH|
|5||9 December 2007||Trondheim||Granåsen HS131||LH|
|6||13 December 2007||Villach||Villacher Alpenarena HS98||NH|
|7||14 December 2007||Villach||Villacher Alpenarena HS98 (night)||NH|
|8||22 December 2007||Engelberg||Gross-Titlis-Schanze HS137||LH|
|9||30 December 2007||Oberstdorf||Schattenbergschanze HS137 (night)||LH|
|10||2 February 2008||Sapporo||Ōkurayama HS134 (night)||LH|
|11||3 February 2008||Sapporo||Ōkurayama HS134||LH|
|12||8 February 2008||Liberec||Ještěd A HS134 (night)||LH|
|13||2009/10||6 January 2010||Bischofshofen||Paul-Ausserleitner-Schanze HS140 (night)||LH|
|14||16 January 2010||Sapporo||Ōkurayama HS134 (night)||LH|
|15||2010/11||4 December 2010||Lillehammer||Lysgårdsbakken HS138 (night)||LH|
|16||5 December 2010||Lillehammer||Lysgårdsbakken HS138||LH|
|17||17 December 2010||Engelberg||Gross-Titlis-Schanze HS137||LH|
|18||18 December 2010||Engelberg||Gross-Titlis-Schanze HS137||LH|
|19||30 December 2010||Oberstdorf||Schattenbergschanze HS137 (night)||LH|
|20||4 January 2011||Innsbruck||Bergiselschanze HS130||LH|
|21||9 January 2011||Harrachov||Čerťák HS205||FH|
|22||2011/12||6 January 2012||Bischofshofen||Paul-Ausserleitner-Schanze HS140 (night)||LH|
|23||2013/14||14 December 2013||Titisee-Neustadt||Hochfirstschanze HS142||LH|
- Gold Merit Badge of Austria: 2004
- Grand Decoration of Austria: 2006
- Austrian Sportspersonality of the year: 2008, 2011
- Part of the Austrian Sportsteam of the year, together with the Austrian ski jumping team: 2005, 2008, 2009, 2011
- Carinthian Sportspersonality of the year: 4 times, including 2008, 2010
In 2013 he left his girlfriend of 10 years and went on vacation to Hawaii with his new girlfriend, a physiotherapist. He has a daughter named Lily (born 26 December 2012) with his ex-fiancee.
- Morgenstern's FIS-Ski Continental Cup Results Archived 22 October 2012 at the Wayback Machine
- Morgenstern's FIS-Ski World Cup Results Archived 22 October 2012 at the Wayback Machine
- Morgenstern's FIS-Ski Grand Prix Results Archived 22 October 2012 at the Wayback Machine
- "Morgenstern hospitalised after another crash". Gulf Times. 2014-01-10. Retrieved 2014-10-12.
- Morgenstern's FIS-Ski-Flying World Championships Results
- Morgenstern's FIS-Ski World Championships Results
- Morgenstern's Olympic Winter Games Results
- Der Standard: Und wieder Morgenstern, 14 December 2007 (German)
- Der Standard: Küttel nimmt Morgenstern den Druck, 23 December 2007 (German)
- "Schädelverletzung bei Morgenstern". orf.at. 10 January 2014.
- "Three-time Olympic ski jump champ Morgenstern retires". foxsports.com. 26 September 2014.
- Morgenstern dumps partner and three-month-old baby for affair with massage therapist Austrian Independent, 19 April 2013
- Thomas Morgenstern at the International Ski Federation
- Thomas Morgenstern at the International Olympic Committee
- Thomas Morgenstern at Olympics at Sports-Reference.com
- Official website
| Austrian Sportsman of the year