Winter Games Athletes
Even if he doesn't medal in Sochi, Morgenstern views his spot in the games as a victory. The 2006 Olympic champion in individual large-hill competition and three-time Olympic gold medalist suffered skull and lung injuries Jan. 10 in a frightening crash during training for the ski flying World Cup, in which jumpers fly even farther than they do on Olympic jumps. Getting medical clearance three days after an incident that produced spectacular photos of him losing his balance in the air and crashing - an event that he doesn't remember - Morgenstern was included on the Austrian team just two weeks afterward. ''It's not about gold, silver or bronze. I want to go to the Olympics because they are something special,'' Morgenstern said days before making the roster for Sochi. ''I don't want to end my career with a crash.'' Despite the accident, he has four podium finishes and one victory in World Cup competition this season. He also won Olympic golds in the team large-hill competition in 2006 and '10, and he'll be looking to help the powerful Austrian squad to yet another first-place finish. Morgenstern was the 2011 world champion in normal hill and has won seven golds at worlds in team events. He has 23 World Cup victories and 76 podiums.