Tony Benshoof retires from US luge team

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LAKE PLACID, N.Y. (AP) -- Tony Benshoof is retiring after 22 years on the USA Luge men's national team.

Benshoof is the most decorated men's slider in USA Luge history with 37 international medals. He was fourth at the 2006 Turin Olympics, missing a medal there by less than one-fifth of a second.

He has not raced internationally since the 2010 Vancouver Games. Benshoof had back problems for years and had surgery in March 2010 to repair ruptured and torn disks.

Benshoof stayed home last season to be with his ailing mother, who died this year after a long fight with cancer.

USA Luge begins on-ice training for the upcoming season this week.