Lanzinger gave a mini-press conference in the second week of March.
Matthias Lanzinger made his first public comments Thursday following a horror crash in a downhill World Cup race earlier this month that resulted in the amputation of his lower left leg. "I just have to be happy that I'm even here at all," said Lanzinger in Salzburg. "I have accepted my destiny and will get through this together with my family."
The 27-year-old, who made his appearance in a wheelchair, added that while it was too late for him he hoped that answers would be found as to how the terrible accident happened.
"It won't help me any more but it might help others," he said.
"I'm getting an awful lot of medical support. That makes things a lot easier," he said.
Asked about the hours and days following his crash, Lanzinger said "the days and nights in Norway lasted for ever. The intensive care ward was particularly hard. I had a lot of pain and was only semi-conscious," he said.
Lanzinger was placed in an artificial coma to help treat his injuries but developed serious vascular problems as doctors struggled to re-establish blood circulation to his left foot and ankle.