Oslo – The Norwegian ski racer Maren Skjøld, who won the Olympic bronze medal in South Korea in a team competition two years ago, has been part of the Viking Ski World Cup ensemble for the past four years. Yesterday, Thursday, she had a long conversation with the sports director Claus Ryste, in which he announced that she was no longer part of the team that will start next winter.
Skjold was ready to do their best in the new season. But now the planning looks different; the ski racer is literally devastated. She doesn’t know what is going to happen now and what will happen to her future. In the A squad are next to Ragnhild Mowinckel also Kristin Anna Lysdahl and Mina Prince Holtmann. We find in the B squad Kajsa VIckhoff Lie, Thea Stjernesund, Maria Tviberg, Kristina Riis-Johannessen and Kaja Norbye a highly motivated quintet. Marte Monsen, Tuva Monsen and Andrine Mårstøel will prove their talent in the upcoming winter in the C team.
Let’s get to the gentlemen: Leif Kristian Nestvold Haugen, Kjetil Jansrud, Henrik Kristoffersen, Aleksander Aamodt Kilde, Rasmus Windingstad, Adrian Smiseth Sejersted, Lucas Braathen, Sebastian Foss Solevåg can be found in the A squad while Jonathan Nordbotten, Timon Haugan, Fabian Wilkens Solheim and Atle Lie McGrath the red flag with the blue cross holds the B squad status.
Back to Skjøld: The athlete understands that the corona-related situation is not easy for anyone. She realizes that the association has to reduce its costs. In addition to the 26-year-old no longer seem Hannah Sætereng, Stian Saugestad and Bjørn Brudevold in the Norwegian team. And sports director Ryste understands that Skjøld is by no means happy with the decision. The ski racer would have liked it if she had been informed earlier or earlier. Now the disappointment is big.
In view of the new winter, the ski aces will mostly train at home in Norway. Afterwards you want to ski at a high level in the European and Ski World Cup. The plan is also to keep up with the top with good athletes. This affects all disciplines.
Again about Skjøld: Anyone who trains outside the national team has to dig into their own pockets. It is not easy for them to develop a sufficiently good sports program. In the next few months she will see what is possible. She has also developed a concept for a conceivable life outside of top-class sport. She would like to take the time to let the whole thing work. So it is crucial to make a choice that is right in itself. The Norwegian knows that there are other things; sport was a big part of her life. And even more: it will be brutal.
Report for skiweltcup.tv: Andreas Raffeiner