Three-time ski-jump champion Morgenstern retires

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Three-time ski-jump champion Morgenstern retires

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Austrian Thomas Morgenstern has announced his retirement from ski jumping, seven months after he took silver at the Sochi Winter Olympics.

The three-time ski jump champion had an accident in December, then sustained a serious head injury and damaged a lung in January after a fall in training.

Although he went on to compete in the 2014 Games, he skipped the remaining ten World Cups of the season.

Morgenstern, who turns 28 in October, said although he felt prepared, he had started to feel scared about jumping during a training session.

“I prepared myself as well as ever and I am feeling fully healthy,” he said. “But four weeks ago at Planica, I was scared before jumping, I was thinking that my binding could open and that I could make a mistake … I am ending my active career.”