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Skiing Superstar Lucas Braathen: The New Kid on the Block

Norwegian alpine skier Lucas Braathen is the one to watch this season. At just 20 years old, he has conquered his first World Cup victory in Soelden. While Braathen had an unconventional start to his skiing career – initially starting off playing football and starting skiing in his late teens – he has become somewhat of a rising star in the sport. He beat Swiss duo Marco Odermatt and Gino Caviezel to take out his first ever podium at a World Cup event.   “It’s a pretty good day,” Braathen told Austrian TV, “I knew that I was capable of a podium. First victory, first race of the season, it’s unbelievable.” His previous best result was coming fourth place at the slalom in Kitzbuehel in January, but he finally made it to the top in his 23rd event in a World Cup. “I went for it. I am not here for…

Austrian skier Max Hauke caught doping in Seefeld police raid

Image courtesy of The Times Uk. The Nordic skiing World Championships in Seefeld was hit with a doping scandal last week, after a video of Austrian skier Max Hauke with a doping needle in his arm leaked online. The video shows Hauke having a blood transfusion ahead of the men’s 15km race that took place on Wednesday. Former professional skiier Max Hauke gets caught #doping for the Ski World Cup. He takes a drug which enhances red blood cell count, removes the blood, then after dope tests transfuses the doped blood. He was caught mid transfusion pic.twitter.com/SKmsQAOzAf — vitaxnewsroom (@vitaxnewsroom) March 1, 2019 There were a number of police raids – in Erfurt, Germany, and at the championships in Seefeld, which resulted in the arrests of five elite skiers and four other people. Along with Hauke, Austrian Dominik Baldauf was also arrested. The others included four-time Olympian Alexei Poltoranin…

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