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The Ski Association on Lucas Braathen – Takes self-criticism

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The Ski Association on Lucas Braathen – Takes self-criticism

On Thursday, Lucas Braathen announced his comeback as an alpine skier, this time for Brazil. The news became known earlier this week, and since then the Norwegian Ski Association has been silent on the matter.

Until now.

– When Lucas announced that he was going to quit, everyone agreed that it was many years too early, and we recognized that there were certainly things we could have handled better. Now we are happy that Lucas is returning to the World Cup circus. It is good for the interest when the best athletes are involved, says ski president Tove Moe Dyrhaug in a press release.

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In the same message, Sports Manager in Alpine Claus Johan Ryste states:

– We are happy that Lucas is back skiing. We would like to see him represent Norway, but we respect that he has made the choice to compete for Brazil. We have released Lucas’ FIS license at the request of a change of nationality. It is finally up to the FIS Council to approve the change of nationality, but we think that is a formality. We look forward to competing against Lucas on the slopes in the winter, says Ryste.

Facts: Lucas Braathen

This is the alpinist Lucas Braathen:

* Full name: Lucas Pinheiro Braathen

* Age: 23 years (born 19 April 2000)

* Club in Norway: Bærum

* Achievements, World Cup: 5 victories (slalom in Wengen 16 January 2022, Val d’Isère 11 December 2022 and Adelboden 8 January 2023, giant slalom in Sölden 18 October 2020 and Alta Badia 18 December 2022). A further seven podium places (four 2nd and three 3rd places). Won the slalom cup overall in 2022-23.

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* Shocked the alpine world by canceling with immediate effect on 27 October 2023. The background was a long-term conflict with the ski association over the national team agreement.

* Current: Making a comeback in alpine skiing and will represent his mother’s home country of Brazil.

Sea view

Braathen, who will therefore drive for Brazil next season, is satisfied that he has now been released.

– I want to thank the Norwegian Skiing Association for allowing us to part as good friends and put the past behind us, said Braathen.

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The podium twelve times

Braathen sent shockwaves through the entire alpine community when he announced two days before the start of the season last autumn that he was retiring at the age of 23. The reason was a year-long conflict with the Norwegian Ski Association.

Braathen has a Brazilian mother and can therefore change nations and form his own team.

The 23-year-old has five victories in the World Cup. Twelve times he has been on the podium.

– I would not have returned to the sport if I did not have the dream of becoming the world‘s best, said Braathen.

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