Austrian Benjamin Raich has called time on his glittering career announcing his retirement after 19 years on the World Cup circuit.
The 37-year-old two-time Olympic and world champion said he no longer had the ‘‘motivation to go the limit’‘ needed in ski racing.
Raich won giant slalom and slalom gold at the 2006 Turin Games – the same year he won the overall World Cup title.
In total he won 36 World Cup races, eight small crystal globes and becomes the fifth high-profile Austrian skier to retire in the offseason following Mario Matt, Nicole Hosp, Andrea Fischbacher and Kathrin Zettel.
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