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Marcel Hirscher (left) with his protégé. © Social Media

Marcel Hirscher's protégé got it badly

Although Marcel Hirscher no longer races in the Ski World Cup, he is still omnipresent. Now his protégé has been hit badly.

Charlie Raposo has never made a big appearance in the World Cup. Nevertheless, the Brit is no stranger to the ski scene, which has a special reason: he is the first athlete that Marcel Hirscher signed. After resigning in 2019, Hirscher began building a new ski brand. Van Deer can now rely on some top names, including Henrik Kristoffersen and Timon Haugan. But Raposo was the very first person to sign with Austria's most successful skier of all time.

But now there is very bad news for the Brit. The 28-year-old suffered a serious injury in the first giant slalom in Aspen on Friday. The sobering diagnosis was a torn cruciate ligament and a bone bruise on the shinbone. “In the last 24 hours I have experienced so many emotions,” Raposo wrote on Instagram.

But he is combative: “It’s a small hurdle and I’ll jump over it. I'm concentrating on rehab now and will have to slow down a bit. Everyone who knows me knows that this won’t be easy for me.” So Raposo won’t be able to attack again until next season. The Brit achieved his best result on Van Deer skis at the 2023 World Cup, when he came 17th in the giant slalom.


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