VIDEO: Olympic ski jumper Thomas Morgenstern injured in horrific crash

If you watch a lot of ski jumping when the Olympics come around, the professionals make it look pretty routine. They are so good, you forget they are launching themselves 400 feet through the air on 6-foot long pieces of plastic.

Three-time Olympic gold medalist Thomas Morgenstern of Austria showed just how scary it can get if things go wrong midflight. Morgenstern was taking a practice run at the FIS Ski Jumping World Cup in his home country of Austria before the Sochi Olympic Games next month when he suffered a horrifying accident on the 100-meter hill.

The Kulm, where Morgenstern was competing, is one of the five biggest hills in the world and he was actually competing in ski flying, which is an amped-up version of ski jumping with longer distances. The accident happened in his second practice jump after successfully jumping 196.5 meters (an absurd 644 feet) in his first attempt.

Morgenstern suffered a skull injury and bruised lung, and briefly lost consciousness, but his injuries are not considered life threatening. Doctors told the AP that Morgenstern was talking and moving his arms and legs after the crash, but would stay in the hospital through this weekend.

All you have to do is watch the reaction of his coaches in the video above to know how serious it was. Their instant fear is scary.

Morgenstern won two gold medals in the 2006 Olympics in individual large hill and team large hill and also won a gold in the team large hill in 2010.

Follow Metro New York Sports Editor Mark Osborne on Twitter @MetroNYSports. Stay safe when you’re launching yourself off 300-foot jumps people.



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
Local

MAP: New York City Street Closures August 22,…

The Percy Sutton Harlem 5K and NYC Family Health Walk-a-thon and Pakistan Day Parade and Fair will cause traffic delays and street closures in New York City this weekend. Plan…

International

U.N. nuclear inquiry on Iran seen making slow…

The U.N. nuclear watchdog appears to have made only limited progress so far in getting Iran to answer questions about its suspected atomic bomb research, diplomatic sources said on Friday,…

National

Violence-weary Missouri town sees second night of calm

By Nick Carey and Carey GillamFERGUSON Mo. (Reuters) - The violence-weary town of Ferguson, Missouri, saw a second straight evening of relative calm on Thursday…

National

Journalist James Foley's parents, after call with pope,…

The parents of James Foley, the American journalist killed by Islamic State militants in Iraq, on Friday called for prayer and support to free the remaining captives held by Islamic…

Television

Recap: 'The Knick,' Season 1, Episode 3, 'The…

The third episode of Steven Soderbergh's "The Knick" finds Dr. Thackery (Clive Owen) meeting an old flame and other characters embracing self-destruction.

Music

Webcast: Watch Polyphonic Spree live on Sunday Aug.…

Polyphonic Spree singer Tim DeLaughter sits with Metro Music Editor Pat Healy for a chat and then the big band performs live. It begins on Sunday at 9:30 pm

Movies

Matthew Weiner on directing 'Are You Here' and…

"Mad Men" creator Matthew Weiner discusses his movie "Are You Here," his history writing comedy and the tiny movie he directed in 1996 you can't see.

Movies

Michael Chiklis on his football past and 'When…

Michael Chiklis remembers playing football in high school and how that prepped him to play a coach in "When the Game Stands Tall."

NFL

Fantasy football draft guide: How to draft your…

Many are wondering if we’re entering a new age in fantasy football drafting — one where running backs take a backseat.

NFL

Jets vs. Giants: 3 Giants storylines to watch

The Giants have plenty to work on as they reach the dress rehearsal preseason game Friday night against the rival Jets.

NFL

Jets vs. Giants: 3 Jets storylines to watch

Metro looks at three Jets storylines to watch as they play the Giants Friday.

NFL

Giants expected to work Corey Washington into first-team…

The day of reckoning for the Giants' fringe players will fall upon them Friday night against the Jets.

Sex

Big weddings may lead to long-term happiness

Dreaming of a big wedding? A new study indicates that the longer your guest list, the happier you’ll be in the long run. l A…

Sex

Online dating for every generation

Frank Jackson and his mother Maggie are like lots of modern families: They have dinner together regularly, keep each other updated on their lives —…

Wellbeing

Going green could be the key to getting…

If we could just pursue the things that would actually make us happy, we could help the environment too, according to a New York researcher.…

Tech

Siren: A new dating app that puts women…

Online dating can be brutal, especially for single women. Noting that many women hate wading through inappropriate messages and photos, two tech entrepreneurs decided to…