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Norwegian changes federation – slalom star Braaten returns to Brazil – Sports

Norwegian changes federation – slalom star Braaten returns to Brazil – Sports

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Lukas Brathen returns to skating next season. However, it is no longer under the Norwegian flag.

Quite surprisingly, skating talent Lukas Bräthen announced his departure from top-tier sport in October 2023 in Sölden (Austria). The 23-year-old cited disagreements with the Norwegian League as the reason he wanted more freedom.

Five months later, Brathen announced his resignation at a press conference in Salzburg. Starting next winter, the five-time World Cup winner and 2022/23 slalom classification winner will be gunning for the points again. But not for Norway, but for Brazil, his mother's home country. Clutches announced his return in perfect Portuguese.

The fact that this is not approved everywhere is normal and completely okay.

“The longer I have it, the harder it is to watch ski races and not be part of that show,” said Brathen, who took a break in Brazil after his retirement. At the beginning of 2024 he would have contacted the Brazilian Federation.

Despite the great anticipation of new challenges, there were also difficult moments. “It was very difficult to say goodbye to my teammates. Without them I would not have been able to achieve the success I have.”

Given the critical voices (mostly from Norway) about changing his nation, Brathen said: “The creed of my father and I has always been that you have to try new things to become the best skater in the world. The fact that this is not approved everywhere is normal and completely okay.” .

Norway does not stand in the way

As Brathen explained on Thursday, the Norwegian Ski Association has already given its approval to change the nation. The Oslo native, who has a second Brazilian name, Pinheiro, is also allowed to keep his points with the FIS. As a result, he must immediately start again at the highest level. However, the World League of the Islamic Salvation Front must first agree to change the nation.

He ruled out the clutches of returning to the Norwegian Federation in the (distant) future. “I made this decision and I am proud of this step,” explained the winner of the slalom races in Wengen and Adelboden.