Lanzinger back from the brink

Updated 8:48 AM ET, Tue January 28, 2014
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Austrian skier Matthias Lanzinger is targeting gold in the Paralympics at Sochi. His journey to the Winter Olympics has been nothing short of remarkable... AFP/Getty Images/Daniel Sannum Lauten/file
Matthias Lanzinger celebrates the best result of his skiing career, a podium finish at the Super-G in Beaver Creek, Colorado, back in December 2005. ROBERTO SCHMIDT/AFP/Getty Images
But his skiing career and his life completely changed when he crashed at speed during the Super-G World Cup race at Kvitfjell back in March 2008. Agence Zoom/Getty Images
The Austrian skier had to be stretchered down the mountain by the medical back-up teams on the slopes to have emergency treatment at the nearby hospital. DANIEL SANNUM LAUTEN/AFP/Getty Images
A bloodied Lanzinger has absolutely no memory of his accident and even now has not dared to watch it back five years after the event. DANIEL SANNUM LAUTEN/AFP/Getty Images
The crash saw him taken to hospital where after a series of operations resulted in his leg being amputated, with doctors worried not doing so would result in death. DANIEL SANNUM LAUTEN/AFP/Getty Images
Three years on from the accident, Lanzinger returned to skiing competitively, switching his goals in Sochi from the Olympics to the Paralympics. DANIEL SANNUM-LAUTEN/AFP/Getty Images
Lanzinger admitted to being nervous on his return to the slopes but has grasped the opportunity firmly and is now targeting Sochi in his second skiing career. DANIEL SANNUM-LAUTEN/AFP/Getty Images
Lanzinger's return to the sport has got increasing media publicity and he has now set his sights on winning medals at the Paralympics in Russia. Robert Van Den Berge/AFP/Getty Images