Norway’s Martin Johnsrud Sundby finished the 2016-17 FIS World Cup season as the best overall skier in the world. It was the third overall crystal Globe for Sundby, and his second in a row. He was also crowned the top distance athlete in 2017, again, for a second year in a row.
The successes by Sundby during the 2016-17 season were followed by a dark cloud after the athlete was stripped of his overall World Cup and Tour de Ski titles he had won during the 2014-15 season. Sundby failed two doping tests after using the asthma medication salbutamol during the 2014-15 season. It was determined the amount Sundby had taken was more than the approved maximum dosage.
Since Sundby had not secured the proper exemption allowing his use of a higher dosage, he was stripped of his titles and prize money, which FIS then reallocated. Sundby was banned for just two-months when it was determined the “degree of fault was light” and there was a justification for his use of the medication.
Sundby has competed for Norway in two-straight Olympic Winter Games. He won relay silver at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics and his first individual medal, a bronze, was won at the 2014 Sochi Olympics in the Skiathlon.
Sundby has rebounded from the setback of his medicinal missteps and established himself as a medal threat in PyeongChang. Ahead of the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics, Sundby won three medals at the 2017 FIS World Championships – two individual silvers and gold in the relay. He also skied himself onto 13 podiums during the 2016-17 World Cup season, including six first place finishes.