Source: Langrenn.com — Translated by Torbjorn Karlsen
Things did not go Kristen Skjeldal’s way at World’s last season. He was left out of the 15-kilometer and 4 x 10-kilometer relay squad despite being best Norwegian and capturing fourth place, only 1 second from third in the last World Cup skate race before Worlds. Skjeldal skied solid at Worlds when he got the chance and captured seventh in both the pursuit and the 50-kilometer classic, only 11 and 8 seconds behind the winners. These were good results, but not what he had hoped for.
He was very frustrated after the 50-kilometer mass-start race, which turned in to a pack race with moderate pace for 45-kilometer and ended with a mass-sprint. He called the event a tragic race parody.
Skjeldal wasn’t able to beat his teammates in that race, but he got revenge and crushed them in the 50-kilometer classic individual start race at the Norwegian championship.