Former high jumper Per Bergerud (65) resigns from the jumping committee after just three months. The background is the heated conflict surrounding jumping director Clas Brede Bråthen (52).
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Bergerud himself confirms the information after being contacted by VG.
– As the case has now taken direction, with several lawsuits and potential sponsors that may disappear, the damage to the Norwegian show jumping may be great for the foreseeable future. Injuries will probably come first in purely economic terms, but thus this will provide fewer opportunities for sports betting, both at the top and in the breadth, Bergerud answers questions about the degree to which Norwegian jumping suffers due to to the disturbing case about Bråthen’s employment.
There is no one, no one, who is now throwing in the towel: Per Bergerud is considered one of the greats in the history of Norwegian jumping:
In addition to four World Cup victories, he took gold in big hill and bronze in normal hill at the WC of Seefeld in 1985. Bergerud also won gold in team jump at the WC of Oslo in 1982. During his career career participated in three Olympic Games for Norway. .
Internal emails: secret support to the ski association in the Bråthen case
In 2020, he was hired as the general manager of Vikersundbakken. There he leads the organization for the next Ski World Championship next winter.
The management of the Norwegian Ski Association wants to get rid of the jumping sports director, Clas Brede Bråthen. Bråthen has had the job on temporary contracts for 17 years and has responded by suing his own employer.
Ski President Erik Røste and General Secretary Ingvild Bretten Berg believe the 52-year-old has unacceptable behavior and communication.
However, the case could have been resolved on Monday, September 27, just two weeks ago: So told VG how the jumping committee chose to support Bråthen and the management in launching a compromise proposal.
From what VG understands, Bergerud is aware that the case could and should have been resolved through this proposal. But that was not the case.
The proposal would cause Bråthen to lose a number of administrative tasks and get Ståle Villumstad as the new boss. Villumstad currently works as the director of show jumping events at the ski association.
The ski board, led by Erik Røste, on the other hand, lowered its thumb – the board is worried Bråthen won’t be able to choose his own boss. Røste and his board members would prefer to appoint a new jump manager, from the outside.
There has been skepticism in the field of jumping, where it is argued that budgets have already been cut to the bone.
Then VG told how the Norwegian Ski Association instead open for termination by Clas Brede Bråthen. Documents from the Kluge law firm this week proved that this has been the case. Qualified since August.