Martin Soderstrom began his life on a mountain bike at the age of 11 in his hometown of Uppsala, Sweden, but it wasn’t until his incredible performance in the slopestyle competition of the 2007 Nordic Championships was posted on YouTube that he came to the attention of a worldwide audience.
Equally at home in slopestyle, Speed & Style contests and on the street, he picked up his first major victories in 2008, when he also finished third at the prestigious Crankworx Whistler. The following year he won the Big in Bavaria contest, a title he defended in 2010.
The advent of the FMB World Tour in 2010 pushed him up to the next level, and he was quickly challenging the top of the leaderboard. He finished fifth in the overall rankings in 2011, thanks partly to victory at the SKS Slopestyle at the IXS Dirt Masters in Winterberg , and he went even better in 2012, finishing second overall behind Brandon Semenuk.
In 2013, he cemented his reputation as one of the finest mountain bike athletes in the world today, with some insane runs featuring many of the most technical tricks in the sport, and he finished the year in second place overall behind Sam Pilgrim. Despite missing the end of the season after breaking both his fibula and tibia at Red Bull Joyride at Crankworx Whistler, he looks to be in good shape for 2014, and starts the year ranked number three in the world.