Benjamin Raich

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Benjamin Raich
Alpine skier
Benni Raich (33165740250) (cropped).jpg
Raich in March 2017
Disciplines Slalom, giant slalom, combined, super-G, downhill
ClubS.V. Leins Pitztal – Tirol
Born (1978-02-28) 28 February 1978 (age 43)
Arzl im Pitztal, Tyrol, Austria
Height1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)
World Cup debut10 March 1996 (age 18)
Retired10 September 2015 (age 37)
Teams4 (20022014)
Medals4 (2 gold)
World Championships
Teams9 (19992015)
Medals10 (3 gold)
World Cup
Seasons18 (19982015)
Wins36 (14 SL, 14 GS, 1 SG, 7 AC)
Overall titles1 (2006)
Discipline titles8 (3 SL, 2 GS, 3 AC)
Medal record
International alpine ski competitions
Olympic Games 202
World Championships 361
World Cup race podiums
Olympic Games
Gold medal icon (G initial).svg 2006 Turin Giant slalom
Gold medal icon (G initial).svg 2006 Turin Slalom
Bronze medal icon (B initial).svg 2002 Salt Lake City Slalom
Bronze medal icon (B initial).svg 2002 Salt Lake City Combined
World Championships
Gold medal icon (G initial).svg 2005 Bormio Slalom
Gold medal icon (G initial).svg 2005 Bormio Combined
Gold medal icon (G initial).svg 2007 Åre Team event
Silver medal icon (S initial).svg 2001 St. Anton Slalom
Silver medal icon (S initial).svg 2005 Bormio Giant slalom
Silver medal icon (S initial).svg 2005 Bormio Team event
Silver medal icon (S initial).svg 2007 Åre Super combined
Silver medal icon (S initial).svg 2009 Val-d'Isère Giant slalom
Silver medal icon (S initial).svg 2011 Garmisch Team event
Bronze medal icon (B initial).svg 2005 Bormio Super-G
Junior World Ski Championships
Gold medal icon (G initial).svg 1996 Hoch-Ybrig Slalom
Gold medal icon (G initial).svg 1997 Schladming Giant slalom
Gold medal icon (G initial).svg 1998 Megève Giant slalom
Gold medal icon (G initial).svg 1998 Megève Slalom
Gold medal icon (G initial).svg 1998 Megève Combination

Benjamin Raich (born 28 February 1978 in Arzl im Pitztal, Tyrol) is an Austrian former World Cup champion alpine ski racer and Olympic gold medalist. With 14 medals won at Winter Olympics and World Championships, 36 World Cup race victories (in all disciplines except downhill), one first place and five second places in the World Cup overall ranking, three victories of the slalom World Cup, three victories of the combined World Cup, two victories of the giant slalom World Cup and the highest score of career World Cup points (ahead of Norwegian Kjetil André Aamodt), he is considered among the best alpine racers in World Cup history.



After winning Junior World Championships in both slalom and giant slalom, Raich made his World Cup debut in March 1996. He scored his first victory in 1999, in slalom.

In 2001 he won the silver medal in slalom at the World Championships, and at the end of the season he won the slalom World Cup. In 2002 he won two bronze medals at the Salt Lake City Olympics.

Raich, who became better at faster specialities such as super-G and downhill with age also, in 2005 barely missed out on the overall World Cup title, placing second to American Bode Miller. At the 2005 World Championships he won a total of five medals, one for each race except for the downhill.

He won the 2006 World Cup overall title in the most successful season of his career, as well as Olympic gold medals in slalom and giant slalom at the Turin Olympics.

Throughout his career Raich has been known for his consistency which led to him to second places in the overall world cup in 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010 (narrowly missing out the titles in both 2007 and 2009 by 13 points and 2 points respectively, both times behind Svindal).

His last World Cup race victory came in February 2012 in Swiss Crans Montana, where he won his first and only World Cup victory in super-G. In March 2014, he reached the podium for the first time in more than two years by finishing second (after Ted Ligety) in a giant slalom race in Kranjska Gora, the same place where he also won his first top-3 result more than 15 years earlier (in January 1999). His last top three finish came in early March 2015 in a giant slalom race in Garmisch-Partenkirchen that came to be one of his final races in the alpine world cup.

On September 10, 2015, he announced his retirement.

World Cup results

Season standings

1998 209637
1999 21107632
2000 22964
2001 23414
2002 249192
2003 2586837
2004 263348352
2005 272116261
2006 2813115281
2007 2921313325
2008 302823366
2009 31210214325
2010 3226341
2011 3311151985418
2012 3412161373112
2013 35201816388
2014 3620176
2015 3728239

Season titles

9 titles: 1 overall, 2 giant slalom, 3 slalom, 3 combined

2001 Slalom
2005 Giant slalom
2006 Overall
Giant slalom
2007 Slalom
2010 Combined

Individual races

36 total: 14 slalom, 14 giant slalom, 1 super-G, 7 combined

1999 7 January 1999 Schladming, Austria Slalom
10 January 1999 Flachau, Austria Giant slalom
17 January 1999 Wengen, SwitzerlandSlalom
2000 26 February 2000 Yongpyong, South KoreaGiant slalom
18 March 2000 Bormio, ItalyGiant slalom
2001 14 January 2001Wengen, SwitzerlandSlalom
21 January 2001 Kitzbühel, AustriaSlalom
23 January 2001Schladming, AustriaSlalom
11 March 2001 Åre, SwedenSlalom
2002 21 December 2001 Kranjska Gora, SloveniaGiant slalom
2004 3 January 2004Flachau, AustriaGiant slalom
18 January 2004Wengen, SwitzerlandSlalom
27 January 2004Schladming, AustriaSlalom
2005 5 December 2004 Beaver Creek, CO, USA Slalom
14 January 2005Wengen, Switzerland Combined
2005 World Championships
26 February 2005Kranjska Gora, SloveniaGiant slalom
2006 21 December 2005Kranjska Gora, SloveniaGiant slalom
7 January 2006 Adelboden, SwitzerlandGiant slalom
13 January 2006Wengen, Switzerland Super combined
22 January 2006Kitzbühel, AustriaCombined
3 February 2006 Chamonix, FranceSuper combined
2006 Winter Olympics
10 March 2006 Shiga Kōgen, JapanSlalom
17 March 2006Åre, SwedenGiant slalom
2007 12 November 2006 Levi, FinlandSlalom
6 January 2007Adelboden, SwitzerlandGiant slalom
23 January 2007Schladming, AustriaSlalom
2007 World Championships
3 March 2007Kranjska Gora, SloveniaGiant slalom
9 March 2007 Kvitfjell, NorwaySuper combined
18 March 2007 Lenzerheide, SwitzerlandSlalom
2008 9 December 2007 Bad Kleinkirchheim, AustriaSlalom
2009 7 December 2008Beaver Creek, CO, USAGiant slalom
12 December 2008 Val-d'Isère, FranceSuper combined
10 January 2009Adelboden, SwitzerlandGiant slalom
13 March 2009Åre, SwedenGiant slalom
2010 11 December 2009Val-d'Isère, FranceSuper combined
2012 25 February 2012Crans Montana, SwitzerlandSuper-G

World Championship results

  Year   Age  Slalom  Giant 
Super-GDownhillCombinedTeam event
1999 205DNF2not run
2001 222DNF2
2003 2449
2005 261231 2
2007 28 4 DNF1 2 1
2009 30 DSQ2 2 5 DNF1 cancelled
2011 32 4 5 2
2013 34 13 9 DNF2
2015 36 DNF1 DNF1

Olympic results Olympic rings.svg

  Year   Age  Slalom Giant
2002 23 3 4 3
2006 27 1 1 21 DNF
2010 31 4 6 14 6
2014 35 DNF1 7


His sister Carina Raich also is a ski racer. Benjamin Raich is married to skier Marlies Schild. They have three children together.

See also

Preceded by
Georg Totschnig
Austrian Sportsman of the year
Succeeded by
Thomas Vanek

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