Injury Update - Martin Soderstrom

Aug 22, 2013
by Tyler Maine  
The beginning of the end Soderstrom taking off on his failed 360 double-whip during his second run. The over rotation and slipped pedal combo on the landing resulted in what video replay clearly shows to be a broken tib fib. Plus he punched himself in the head. Heal up soon Martin

As you may already know, Martin Soderstrom broke his leg on the last jump of his final run at the Crankworx Joyride competition and will most likely be out for the rest of the season. Martin broke his tibia and fibula, just above his the ankle, and was rushed to Vancouver for emergency surgery Saturday night. We would like to thank the entire Crankworx crew, the staff at Whistler Memorial Hospital as well all the fans who have expressed concern for all of their your support. Martin will be staying in Vancouver for the rest of the week until he gets the doctor’s okay to fly back home to Sweden.

Last practice run of the day Soderstrom dropping in with a three from the gate.

Sodertrom truckin it perfectly on run one.

In order to show our support and keep Martin’s spirits high Specialized has begun posting to social media using the hashtag #GetWellMartin. We hope you will join us in sharing your photos and this hashtag to support the steezy swede on the road to recovery.

To date there is a #GetWellMartin Facebook post on the Specialized Bicycles Facebook page and Instagram. If you feel so inclined to show your support to Martin and wish him a speedy recovery, please share these posts through your social profiles and leave an uplifting comment of your own. All of the support will be relayed back to Martin.

Soderstrom was stalling these bad boys for what seemed like hours.

Martin Soderstrom took a little fun lap for the crowd. Many of the guys are saving their talent for Saturday s Red Bull Joyride and opted out of Best Trick.

Martin Soderstrom relies on the Specialized p.series bikes for dirt, park and street riding and the demo8 for downhill and big mountain riding.

For more information please visit www.martin-soderstrom.com and specialized.com

About Specialized: Specialized Bicycle Components was founded in 1974 by riders for riders. Based in Northern California, we focus on the rider's need for functional and technically advanced products that provide a performance benefit.

 Soderstrom gives his mechanic out in the audience a tired smile for forgetting to tighten his stem nuts once again before a big competition



147 Comments

  • 270 18
 No hate to Martin, but I haven't herd or seen anything about Brayden, his first crankworx, went down hard, rushed to ER, still nothing about him, I think he deserves a little respect as well
  • 109 3
 He got knocked out for a little bit and ended up with a concussion, he was released the next day I believe.
  • 16 54
flag alex-auger (Aug 22, 2013 at 17:56) (Below Threshold)
 I heard he had a seizure at whistler and the next brought him to lone gate in van and was there for 2 days
  • 20 1
 He did have some shaking, he was out for 3 minutes
  • 18 5
 I would be doing some shaking too....I can't even imagine how disappointed he probably felt.
  • 25 0
 I think few people were able to watch not that I really wanted to. He was knocked out right away went into a seizure for a minute or two. His mom and sister were there. Scary stuff considering some people get far worse injuries from less of a fall. Glad he is healthy!! Smile
  • 79 7
 Strange.. I heard he got knocked out and woke with super powers...
  • 5 3
 I believe he's still in lions gate and still having short term memory loss.
  • 8 1
 Hes back home with parents, thats all i know now
  • 11 0
 Yeah, he's definitely at home. He uploaded a picture to instagram today saying he was out shopping with his mom.
  • 6 6
 im always stay tune to your intsragram martin! hope your recovery progressing well. we all pray for you!
  • 98 5
 Funny specialized still advertises there bikes on this ad about a injury?? Odd
  • 3 1
 yeah brayden said he's doing okay other than his concussion on his instagram
  • 10 9
 jeff- clueless as to how advertising works...


Good to hear Brayden is OK and I hope the best for Martin! Luckily (in the most loose terms) it seems it was nothing in his actual ankle would could cause some serious problems in his riding. It just sucks seeing someone who has a blast doing all different events with massive talent go down Frown
  • 3 2
 brayden isnt at home still in bc
  • 3 4
 i was standing where brayden crash and it wassnt pretty to watch. out cold for at least 10 mins or more and shacking for a good 3 mins
  • 14 5
 Concussion is worse than a broken leg. Legs heal, with generally few long term effects. Brain injuries are bad news and the effects get worse and more long term with each one.
  • 63 6
 "Martin Soderstrom relies on the Specialized p.series bikes for dirt, park and street riding and the demo8 for downhill and big mountain riding."

Just had to slip the advertisement in there eh Specialized. Definitely shows whats first on their list of priorities.
  • 13 11
 katmai- saying one injury is worse than the other is pretty ignorant... for instance, if it's your first concussion with no residual effects, it's way less harmful than any broken bone but that can change with the number and severity of concussions... the same can go for broken bones as well but like I said, it's really ignorant to try to compare the two.
  • 1 0
 Sombrio posted about him saying he was up and walking
  • 5 0
 I don't think it should be looked at as who's crash was worse. They were both nasty and you have to feel for both riders. I've been off the bike for 5 months with a broken arm which is only just showing signs of healing after flying in to a tree and it sucks, and I don't even compete like these guys. So yea, it sucks massively for both of them and I wish them both speedy recoveries! #getwellmartin #getwellbrayden
  • 2 0
 I love how martin ride, is one of my fav, but, what can i say.... it's his work, i get to him my big props to come back stronger than ever, but for sure my mind is for all my friens this years broken hard, and unfortunately i don't know why are a lot! one femour, uno whrist, sholders nose, arm....this years maybe 5-6 firends broken...and they have to work in theri real work, hard work! specialized can get something more for people who have normal working life and push their limits too....

get well soon martin we need you steezy Nac to push our limits off! Wink
  • 1 0
 @rexbikes I totally agree with your comment! I have just always gotten that vibe from Specialized. It just seems wrong to slip in that add.. yes he is their sponsor, but that is the wrong place to use him as an promo.
Trek...they are way more awesome. The Trek headquarters crew sent Brett Rheeder a letter filled with good wishes signed by a majority of the Trek peoples after his Les 2 Alpes crash.
  • 2 1
 ^ suggesting you know of every single action both those companies have taken with all their athletes that they've ever sponsored...


I just think it's childish to base your opinion on an entire company because of a few words that an employee of that company put into a write up of one event based on one rider of theirs that I honestly believe, is not a big friggen deal at all and seems to be a statement of fact rather than of advertisement.

Honestly, how many of you believe that this will influence people to buy their bike? People need to relax and focus on the things that actually matter.
  • 3 0
 Martin, get better man... you're the best and with your amount of passion you will win the fmb world tour in your wheelchair!
  • 2 0
 sending out healing vibes to our homeboy. Took it hard. So sad to see him eat shit with his family there and as the start off rider.
  • 2 0
 I was standing right where braydon landed, im no doctor but it looked pretty serious, he was shaking really violently and he looked pretty beat up, I really hope he is ok.
  • 2 0
 Dude i totally agree! but still #GetWellMartin
  • 56 0
 Dude I really hope you can get better quickly and hope that it heals properly! My thoughts and prays go out to ya! Get better soon!
  • 43 3
 Tib Fib is actually the best place to break your leg as it is the easiest to fix, if it was his ankle or knee that snapped then it would be a hell of a lot worse. Anyone who drives a forklift should be able to confirm that you have to keep the forks tilted back and raised up slightly so that if you accidentally run in to someone you will break their tib fib because it is easier to fix than their ankle.
  • 38 1
 @Loony0 what a fascinating fact about the operation of a fork lift truck. Thank you for that. All the best to Martin and a speedy recovery. Absolutely gutted for him when he went down!
  • 9 2
 your welcome Wink
  • 9 0
 I don't know if a Tib Fib can be defined as the best place to break your leg. If medical school has taught me anything a Tib Fib break can be some of the worst leg breaks you can have. The amount of reconstruction which is sometimes needed is immense. If you ever saw Ryan Villopoto's tib fib break (just like Martin's above the ankle) that will give you a good idea regarding the severity of the break. I give all the best to Martin and his recovery. Hope he gets out riding soon.
  • 6 0
 I broke my tibia & fibula in februar. Tibia is one of the biggest bones in your body and it takes up to two years until they remove the metals because it takes your body that long to reconstruct the huge amounts of callus. So if you can decide, choose another bone to break.
  • 1 0
 Just to emphasize ares3001 comment this is Villopoto's leg break www.pinkbike.com/photo/10004176 which to my guess is probably similar to Martin's.
  • 1 0
 dudes....no brocken bone is better than another as they are all going to hurt the rest of your LIVES. Arthritis doesn't even come into the picture till late in life and by then the pain of brocken bones is a daily event.
  • 2 3
 Martin and braden are gay as fuck
  • 1 0
 15 and suffering from homophobia.......priceless
  • 40 0
 The trick he was trying was batshit insane, and the earlier triple tailwhip was also crazy. Props to him for once again pushing the limits of this already crazy competition.
  • 32 3
 #GetWellMartin.
  • 25 1
 One of my favorite riders. I think i speak for everyone when i say that i'm hoping for a speedy recovery, #getwellmartin
  • 139 24
 #HashTagsAreGay
  • 24 31
flag GoRideYoBike (Aug 22, 2013 at 17:41) (Below Threshold)
 Not getting a very supportive vibe from you @yarno
  • 125 8
 nah get well soon martin but #HashTagsAreStillGay
  • 4 18
flag stooky (Aug 23, 2013 at 5:01) (Below Threshold)
 @yarno are you referring to the fact that hash tags make you feel all warm and happy or are you really part of a Russian revolution

#theresworstthingsthanbeinggayuseyourimagination
  • 2 2
 #STFU
  • 1 0
 ^ #TooFar
  • 22 0
 I felt so bad for him when he went down. I wanted him to get a crankworx win under his belt so bad
  • 23 4
 How the f**k specialized doesn't leave its advertisement just for a second.
It's abusing someone's name even during their injury time.
  • 7 1
 all about the money not the rider, welcome to the corporate world
  • 3 0
 They probably just had a forced meeting on Saturday for their substitutes. Not just corporate, modern gladiatorism i say.
  • 22 6
 The Steezy Sweezy. PB, I don't give a f*ck what bike company the guy rides for when I'm reading an update on his health. f*ck Specialized. Stick your shameless plugs up your asses. How 'bout this? Way to go Special Ed, you helped Soder break his leg. "Specialized Bicycle Components was founded in 1974 by riders for riders.", & long before 2013 it turned into yet another bullshit gimmick factory & corporate money making machine. Get well soon Soder, then find a new spon.
  • 3 1
 How is this a surprise? You need to go to your local CC and register for Marketing 101.
  • 17 2
 Does no one else think its a little disrespectful that specialised can't leave the advertisement out,even on an injury update?
Anyway get well soon Martin, that run was insane!
  • 4 0
 you are totally right sir.
  • 10 0
 He pushed the boundaries of the sport and crossed that fine line. Props for having the skills and balls to push our sport to new levels. Get well soon!
  • 1 0
 Big balls
  • 10 1
 Anyways Martin took the Show!
  • 5 0
 "Martin Soderstrom relies on the Specialized p.series bikes for dirt, park and street riding and the demo8 for downhill and big mountain riding.

For more information please visit www.martin-soderstrom.com and specialized.com

About Specialized: Specialized Bicycle Components was founded in 1974 by riders for riders. Based in Northern California, we focus on the rider's need for functional and technically advanced products that provide a performance benefit."

REALLY!!!

Martin: "F*&k my leg."

Specialized: "is the bike OK"
  • 7 0
 HEALING VIBES!!!!!!!!!! MARTIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!! YOU ARE ONE OF THE BEST IN THE WORLD.
  • 6 0
 The last 3 lines in this article - what a f*cking joke! As if you cannot say "get well" without promoting the company at the same time... Jesus christ!
  • 7 0
 It won't be the same without the swede!
  • 7 0
 where can we bring him some pain relieving baked goods?
  • 4 0
 Some of those special muffins??
  • 1 1
 brownies dawg
  • 5 0
 get well soon martin!! we all look forward to your steezy ass riding when you get back
  • 6 1
 How about a #GetWellMartin page here on Pinkbike too? Get Well Martin! Hope you read this!
  • 6 0
 Man, today's VOD made me cringe at the end. Heal up man!
  • 5 0
 maybe we can have a "best of the machine" that is soderstrom! Definitely a VOD waiting.
  • 4 1
 Get well soon kid, eat a lot of salmon and vitamin C for the bones glued fast. Impressive how these things happen more with the riders who are apparently more humble, and less with those who are not.
  • 2 0
 I had the same injury in 2003. It won't be long till he's back on the bike again once he can put his leg down and doesn't swell up anymore and no more elevation, I will never forget that. I don't care about the media stuff that everyone is ranting on about Martin is a rad rider. Stay focused and get well soon dude.
  • 5 0
 Martin had one hell of a run. Get well soon man
  • 5 0
 Get Well Martin. The Whole Sport won't be the same without you.
  • 5 0
 Hope for best an speeedy recovery!!
  • 1 0
 I hope he has a speedy recovery. The why he was riding was with a style that was for the fans. I felt bad when he went down after the rest of his run was so sick. As for other riders, it's always sad to see them get injured. All of us love to ride, and when we can't it's torture.
  • 2 1
 To see his final jump check this out! FRAME to FRAME 15 + images in one. There is a link to a larger image so you can see his landing. SO CLOSE TO NAILING IT! Shout out THANKS for Crankworx crew and staff at Whistler! www.pinkbike.com/photo/10001678
  • 4 0
 Bad news is always a good marketing tool ae specialized? Anyways get well amigo!
  • 4 0
 i dont use social media, so whatever a "hashtag" is...

Here, get some: Get well, Martin!
  • 1 0
 iirc, there was an article in decline mag this year where he said that he didn't break a bone in his body yet... so that's a first for him? unbelievable! shows what an awesome rider he is! mad healing vibes over to you sir! shred hard, soon!
  • 3 0
 am I the only one who thinks the specialized advert at the bottom is in poor taste? guy just broke himself, must find way to keep revenue flowing..
  • 1 0
 Tib fib is actually a really bad place to have a break. Anywhere with involvement of a joint surface can be worse in the long term but the fact that the skin on the anterior tibia is so close to the bone and the bone is triangular in cross section means that it will invariably be an open fracture. That means high risk of infection and tissue loss. With a good surgical fixation though he'll be back on his bike soon enough! Get well soon Martin!
  • 5 0
 Get better soon man!
  • 4 0
 you f-ing rock dude. tis nothing but a flesh wound.
  • 2 1
 it was such an epic ride, then the fall. i thought he'll get up very soon from the ground with his fists up but he didn't. untill i have seen Tippie's VOD i never thought it's so bad. #GetWellMartin
  • 3 1
 hands down most exciting run at crankworks. Martin is the steeziest dude on two wheels! It'll be a rough couple months but I'm sure Martin will be back and better than ever!
  • 1 0
 I've been wondering what exactly happened to Soderstrom.
And now Kurt Sorge is broken, too? He posted an x-ray on Instagram and says he's having surgery. I guess that takes them both out of Rampage?
  • 3 0
 Heal up legend #GetWellMartin
  • 2 0
 He flies so high that he equally could have cloud caused bruises on his forhead.
  • 2 0
 Respect for this amazing rider but it looks more an advertisement for specialized!
  • 1 0
 The man was going all out for the win. 100% respect to Martin. Great comp. Glad to see better weather this year help the show. Get well soon Martin.
  • 2 0
 Still great to know when Specialized was founded and that Martin relies on their bikes, huh?
  • 1 1
 Best of luck on the recovery Martin!
Hope you're back to your steezy ways soon, because Slope Style/Free Ride/Mountain Biking just can't be the same without you!
  • 3 0
 Get better soon Martin!
  • 1 0
 Get heeled up soon Martin and get back shredding the way only you know how!! Hope to see you back riding hard again soon!!
  • 2 0
 This sucks Frown guess no more specialized punks will get their bikes taken
  • 1 0
 Fav. Rider for the last 2 years. Always rides balls to the walls. #getwellmartin
  • 1 0
 Martin- heal well and take your time...we'll all be here waiting for you when you're back. Your time is coming; be patient.
  • 1 0
 Mad props to this guy for going for it. I think he would have taken the win if it wasn't for the crash.
  • 2 0
 Hoppas det läker snabbt Martin!!
  • 2 0
 Getwellsoon!
  • 2 0
 Heal up fast Martin!
  • 1 0
 He'll be back... better and stronger than before.
  • 1 0
 will he be back for Rampage?
  • 1 0
 Lets hope for a good recover...
  • 1 1
 All the best to you Martin! Hope you get well soon and back on your bike to regain world slope style domination!!!
  • 1 0
 Stay steezy and heal quickly!
  • 1 0
 Marty get well you crazy Sweed!!
  • 2 0
 Get well soon buddy
  • 1 0
 GET WELL SOON MARTIN!! YOUR A BEAST RIDER!! #GetWellMartin
  • 1 1
 Highly agree with Liam s comment as for Sordstrom good luck on your recovery.
  • 2 1
 Martin we need you to be number 1 in stead of semenuk
  • 1 0
 Heal up Martin and Brayden
  • 1 0
 love watching you ride Martin, get well soon
  • 1 0
 Get better fast Martin! Epic riding awaiting your return!
  • 4 3
 Cool bike, what brand is it?
  • 1 1
 Dont you read the text?
  • 2 0
 "The use of words expressing something other than their literal intention - now that IS irony."
  • 2 0
 Futurama can be used to explain anything. Get well soon Martin. Amazing run, can't say you didn't give it your all. After your first round and thinking you couldn't go better you went nuts. Impressive resolve.
  • 1 0
 its not all bad he gets to stay in vancouver
  • 1 0
 Hoping for a speedy recovery Martin. All the best.
  • 1 0
 Me and martin have the same injury, mine compounded twice though
  • 1 0
 i heard that Brayden bit off his tongue. probly while in a seisure
  • 1 0
 How is trick on the 4th picture called?
  • 1 0
 that last pick....steeeezzzz
  • 1 0
 www.pinkbike.com/photo/10004159
get well soon. steez king.
  • 1 0
 Heal Up man, You're boss.
  • 1 0
 Nasty ad from evil corps.
  • 1 0
 Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!
  • 1 0
 tib to the mutha f*in fib homeboy
  • 1 0
 Get well Martin! Your Badass!
  • 1 0
 Man so sadSmile get well!
  • 4 0
 wrong motem
  • 1 0
 Get well soon Martin!
  • 1 1
 Can I have his room number, to make sure is ok ?LOL
  • 1 0
 recover well martin!
  • 1 0
 #GetWellMartin
  • 1 0
 he will be back,...
  • 1 0
 Get well Martin !

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