A short interview with Thomas Morgenstern shortly before the Sommer Grand Prix kick-off 2011.

Fischer: Which one thing in particular do you remember as the most amazing experience in the last winter season?

Thomas Morgenstern: There is no one experience in particular I can really single out. When it comes to success, it's the actual getting there that means most to me. A lot of time has passed since my first victory at the Olympics in 2006 to today. I had very difficult moments during that time and was fortunate enough to gain in experience. My biggest defeat with the crash in Liberec in 2009 will actually always be my biggest success. It was from then on that I changed course and got back on the road to success.


Fischer: How was the end of the season for you?

Thomas Morgenstern:One season ends and another one begins! The season came to an end on Sunday in Planica – and on Wednesday the first strength training session was already on the programme. I put the skis to one side though at the beginning. The aim was to build up core strength as a basis for the upcoming training. In the middle of June, however, I did travel to the Black Sea to relax for a few days and take my mind off things.


Fischer:After so much success: what will you be concentrating on in the future?

Thomas Morgenstern: In my opinion success is the result of intensive work and how you have prepared yourself. So I will concentrate on preparing myself in such a way that enables me to get the best possible start in winter.


Fischer: Where do you get your motivation from for the hard training sessions?

Thomas Morgenstern: It's great to achieve something that you never thought you could achieve before. I would never have dreamt that I could be as successful as I was last winter. I only have to think of it and that alone is enough motivation. Ski jumping is fun. And that is the most important thing for me to keep over the coming years.