Olympic champion Thomas Morgenstern suffered a horrific training crash during a World Cup ski flying event in Tauplitz and the emotions were perfectly captured on Instagram.
Updates on his condition were first revealed on his own Twitter account.
First news: Thomas got head injuries and a bruised lung. He is conscious and able to talk. More updates will follow. pic.twitter.com/CtJQy9h7L2
— Thomas Morgenstern (@MorgensternT) January 10, 2014
Thankfully the Austrian is on the road to recovery and thanked everyone for their well wishes.
THANK YOU to my family, to the medical team and to everybody, who stands by my side! I'm so grateful for the recovery. All the best!
— Thomas Morgenstern (@MorgensternT) January 13, 2014
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