Kristen Skjeldal was kicked off the Norwegian national team ahead of last season. He is now back (on the team) after a fantastic season. Skjeldal believes that the year outside the national team made him do more of what he believes in himself (as opposed to what he felt he should do for training). He was curious going into last season how he would handle loosing his national team spot and support.
– I was curious to what would happen, but it turned out to be a fantastic year. I joined Sirdal Ski (a semi-pro team) and that was very, very good. Several personal sponsors also helped me economically. It was overall very inspiring, says Skjeldal.