806 days after his last World Cup victory it’s time again: ATOMIC-All-Star Benjamin Raich wins the super-G in Crans Montana. A triumph which he literally announced himself - after yesterday’s top-3 finish. He stormed to his first ever speed victory, on the same 213 cm long ATOMIC D2 RACE SG.
Benjamin Raich turns 34 in 3 days. The Austrian started his first World Cup race on ATOMIC skis 16 years ago. Today he wins his first super-G: exactly 5830 days, 374 World Cup starts, 11 World Championship- and Olympic medals (2 World Championship titles and 2 Olympic golds among them) later. This marks his 36th World Cup win and 90th place on the podium. A brilliant comeback season after he tore his cruciate knee ligament during the World Championship in Garmisch.
Patience was the key
„This is a special win“, Benni Raich says after a spectacular performance on the 2.207 meter long course. „I’m surprised by my own patience. It took me some time to regain my former strength. It always was one of my goals to win a speed-race. All that’s missing now is a downhill victory.“
Next on the programme: A giant slalom on Sunday. Followed by speed events in Kvitfjell. „I already came close to victory twice, in Adelboden and before skiing out in Beaver Creek“, Benjamin Raich says. He seems to be in battle mode to rival his young ATOMIC-colleague Marcel Hirscher (22). The overall World Cup leader Hirscher yesterday trained giant slalom in Crans Montana …