Alpine Skiing

The Associated Press - Wednesday Jan. 15, 2014 12:21 ET

Benjamin Raich, 4-time Olympic medallist, seeking medical exemption for Sochi

Austria's ski federation will try for exception for injured veteran

Benjamin Raich, seen earlier this month, has been hampered by injury. (Marco Trovati/Associated Press)

Austria's ski federation says it will ask the sport's ruling body to make an exception to the rules and allow Benjamin Raich to race the super-combined at the Sochi Olympics.

Persistent back problems have forced Raich to pull out of Friday's World Cup super-combined in Wengen, which is the 2006 two-time gold medallist's last chance of meeting the Olympic qualifying criteria set by the International Ski Federation.

Competitors need at least three World Cup downhill results since 2012 to be allowed to start, but Raich has just two starts. He competed at Lake Louise in 2012 and at the Wengen super-combined last year.

The Austrians say they will ask the FIS to make an exception for Raich on medical grounds.

Raich is expected to start in slalom and giant slalom in Sochi.

In addition to gold in the slalom and giant slalom in Turin in 2006, he won bronze in the slalom and the combined at the 2002 Olympics.

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