Thomas Morgenstern

Ski jumper Thomas Morgenstern hospitalized after scary crash

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Three-time Olympic ski jumping champion Thomas Morgenstern was hospitalized for the second time in a month due to a ski jumping crash on Friday.

Morgenstern lost his balance in the air during training for a World Cup ski flying event in Tauplitz, Austria. He crashed with such power that both of his skis came unhitched quickly. The Austrian slid at high speeds down most of the hill. Here’s video.

Morgenstern briefly lost conciousness but was able to speak afterward, according to The Associated Press citing the Austria Press Agency.

“Fortunately he was responsive, Thomas can move arms and legs. That’s very important,” team physician Herbert Leitner said, according to the AP. “He asked me what happened.”

“We can only hope for the best,” coach Alexander Pointner said. “This really hurts because we are all very close. Thomas is the heart of this team.”

Morgenstern also crashed and visited a hospital in December, but he recovered to finish second in the prestigious Four Hills Tournament standings earlier this month.

Here’s an update from Morgenstern’s official Facebook page:

And from his Twitter account:

Ski jumper makes record seventh Olympics

London Marathon runners reflect on viral finish-line moment

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A collapsing London Marathon runner who was helped to the finish line and the fellow runner who held him up recounted their inspiring two minutes.

Matthew Rees was rounding the final corner, signifying 200 meters left of the 26.2-mile race, when he saw David Wyeth struggling to stay on his feet on Sunday.

“My mind was like, I need to help this guy,” Rees said on the BBC. “He needs to get to the finish. You’ve come 26 miles, and the finish was just there. For me, it was important to get him to the end and cross together.”

Wyeth said he told Rees to go on without him. Rees declined. Wyeth said, “I’ve got to finish,” and Rees told him, “You will,” according to the Press Association.

“I can’t say how grateful I am to Matthew because you say that, Matthew, that others would have stopped,” Wyeth said on the BBC. “And I’m sure you’re right, that there may have been others, but you persisted.”

Rees held up Wyeth as it took them nearly two minutes to trudge to the finish line. Another person, appearing to be a race volunteer or official, also came over to help.

“It was great if I’ve inspired anyone, but I do think that anyone would’ve done the same thing,” Rees said on the BBC. “If it wasn’t me, it would have been the next runner. It’s just being a human, isn’t it? Seeing someone who’s struggling and helping them out.”

The pair crossed the finish at The Mall together, but with different times as they didn’t start together. Rees’ official time was 2 hours, 52 minutes, 26 seconds. Wyeth clocked 2:51:08.

“The time means absolutely nothing to me,” Wyeth said, according to the Press Association. “I feel a slight fraud for having a [finisher’s] medal around my neck. I should cut a little piece out because it belongs to Matthew.

“I really wouldn’t have got across the line — on my hands and knees, maybe, but the time meant nothing in the end because I know I wouldn’t have got there without Matthew putting his arm around me and carrying me over the line.”

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Another Russian medal from 2008 Olympics stripped

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Russia has been stripped of an eighth women’s track and field medal from the 2008 Beijing Olympics after heptathlete Tatyana Chernova lost her bronze Monday.

A retest of one of Chernova’s doping samples from 2008 came up positive for the banned anabolic steroid turinabol, a common find among the recent string of Russian positive retests.

Chernova was previously stripped of her other two global championship medals — 2011 World gold and 2012 Olympic bronze — after retesting of stored samples.

She was originally fourth in the 2008 Olympic heptathlon but was upgraded to bronze in 2008 when original silver medalist Lyudmila Blonska of Ukraine was stripped for failing a drug test.

Great Britain’s Kelly Sotherton, the original fifth-place finisher in Beijing, is in line to be upgraded to bronze.

Russia originally won 11 women’s track and field medals in Beijing.

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