Raich's Olympic dream alive after motorbike crash

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Associated Press

Posted on September 21, 2013 at 10:07 AM

Updated Saturday, Sep 21 at 10:06 AM

VIENNA (AP) — Benjamin Raich's dream of winning a fifth Olympic medal almost ended months before the 2014 Sochi Games.

The 2006 Olympic slalom and GS champion has been recovering from an off-road motorbike accident in early August. That's when his 175-pound bike rolled on steep terrain and landed on his right leg.

The Austrian escaped with a torn muscle in his thigh. He says he's has been "very lucky it all ended so well. However, it was not ideal to my preparations for the new season."

The 35-year-old Raich also won two bronze medals at the 2002 Salt Lake City Games. He says his fourth Olympics in February will be his last.

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