Jump: Clas Brede Bråthen steps down as sporting director

Jump: Clas Brede Bråthen steps down as sporting director

The director called the jump in a press conference on Friday. There, the 55-year-old will say he has resigned from his job, according to VG Information.

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The senior sports director has a three-month notice period, and will work under the auspices of the Norwegian Ski Association for the remainder of the season. Whether against national team players or to intensify the search for sponsors.

Thus, Klaes Brede Braathen will step down after exactly 20 years as sporting director of the Norwegian jumpers. The press conference he called is at 11.00 in Oslo.

The long spell was interrupted by just over a year in the role of 'national team manager' after a much-discussed conflict with the Norwegian Ski Federation's management in 2021.

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The following year he returned as sporting director.

He has a nearly 40-year career in jumping at the top level. Bråthen first appeared on the international stage when he captured a silver medal as an active player in the Junior WC when he was 17 years old.

Norway enjoyed great international success throughout Braathen's 20 years at the helm. He started in 2004 with the vision “We will be the most important jumping nation in the world.”

Norwegian ski jumpers have since won 12 World Cup golds and four Olympic golds and have a total of 55 World Cup and Olympic medals. In addition, Norway has won the World Cup three times for both women and men, as well as two overall victories in the German-Austrian Show Jumping Week.

Good call: Klas Brede Braathen and Maren Lundby during the press conference in December.  Lundby announced that she had resigned.

The news that Klaas Breed Braathen will be leaving as sporting director comes just 25 days after Maren Lundby decided to resign. Her pioneering career has run parallel to his stint as showjumping president.

When Lundby was 14, she came down to first place in her first women's toilet race in 2009 and later won both toilets. Olympic Games and World Cup combined.

Bråthen and the jump management prioritized spending around NOK 2 million on the “Lundby Project” ahead of the Olympic Games six years ago. The largest amount ever wagered up to that point on an individual athlete was at Hope Norge.

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Töttingen responded by winning Norway's first Olympic gold medal at the women's level.

– Maren Lundby is the greatest athlete I have ever met, Klaas Brede Bräthen told newspaper Aftenposten after the victory in PyeongChang.

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