Benjamin Raich OK after crash

VIENNA -- Benjamin Raich is far enough along in his recovery from a motorbike accident that it won't deter his dream of winning a fifth Olympic medal at the 2014 Sochi Games.

The 2006 Olympic slalom and GS champion said Wednesday he's been recovering since early August after a 175-pound motorbike landed on his right leg.

The Austrian, who also won two bronze medals at the 2002 Salt Lake City Games, escaped with a torn muscle in his thigh.

"I have been very lucky it all ended so well," Raich said. "I have already been on skis again, and I am back to my normal strength now. However, it was not ideal to my preparations for the new season."

The 35-year-old Raich avoided a similar fate to Austrian great Hermann Maier, who missed the 2002 Olympics after a motorbike accident. Maier returned four years later to add two more medals to his collection at the Turin Games.

Raich said his fourth Olympics in February will be his last. He said he won't decide on his immediate future before the end of the season.

"On paper, an Olympic race is a race like all others," Raich said. "In reality, you will always be remembered for your Olympic achievements."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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