Veteran Raich returns to WCup podium after 2 years

Veteran Raich returns to WCup podium after 2 years


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KRANJSKA GORA, Slovenia (AP) — Benjamin Raich has reached a World Cup podium for the 91st — and probably last — time in his career at the same resort where he earned his first top-three finish 15 years ago.

The 36-year-old Austrian, who is considering retirement after the season, came runner-up to Olympic champion Ted Ligety in a giant slalom on the Podkoren course on Saturday. As a 21-year-old, Raich finished third in a slalom here on Jan. 6, 1999.

Raich says he never lost faith in his skiing despite failing to reach a podium for the last two years.

Having recovered from back problems that hampered his buildup to the Sochi Olympics, Raich says "I knew I still have a fast turn but if you're not in good health you can't race that good."

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