Skier Lucas Braathen continues his career in the colors of Brazil

Lucas Braathen, in Salzburg (Austria), March 7, 2024. Lucas Braathen, in Salzburg (Austria), March 7, 2024.

On October 27, 2023, at the age of 23 years and 191 days, Lucas Braathen surprised the skiing world by retiring, amid a dispute with the Norwegian federation. On March 7, 2024, at the age of 23 years and 323 days, he again caused a sensation by announcing his return to the tracks, next season, in the colors of Brazil, his mother's country.

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“I will come back and ski for Brazil. I am very proud of that,” said the best slalom skier of the 2023 season, who has five victories in the World Cup, at a press conference organized by his sponsor in Salzburg (Austria).

A skier with blue curls, a lover of fashion and music and very active on social networks, in recent months he has sown clues by posting on Instagram a New Year's card with a collar in Brazilian colors.

On Thursday, he also doubled down on his post with two montages on the social network, one to recap his early career with “Tusen takk” (“thank you very much”, in Norwegian) accompanied by a heart and the flag of his native country.

An unprecedented opportunity for Brazil

About twenty minutes later, he published three self-portraits in the colors of Brazil accompanied by the message “The time has come, Brazil: let's dance”, an allusion to the dance between the slalom poles, this time in Portuguese.

The Norwegian federation allowed him to “transfer his points” earned at the World Cup under his new sports citizenship, he explained, relieved to leave on good terms after a long dispute over his image rights, which intensified in the autumn of 2023. in an advertising campaign for a clothing brand that competes with the one sponsored by the alliance.

The outstanding champion represents an unprecedented opportunity for Brazil to secure its first Alpine Skiing World Cup podiums, as well as the 2025 World Championships in Saalbach (Austria) and the 2026 Olympic Games in Milan-Cortina (Italy).

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Braathen is also a talented giant. It was in this discipline that he won his first victory in the World Cup in October 2010 in Sölden (Austria) at the age of only 20. He experienced the first major failure in his career when he fell a few months later in the giant Adelboden (Switzerland) and tore the ligaments in his right knee.

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