He made the Swedes angry by talking about Myllylä
Iivo won the men's 15 km, the second was Norway's Martin Jonsrud Sundby and the third Niklas Dyrhaug who hear are carrying Iivo. In his speech Iivo remembered Mika Myllylä who had been one of those involved in the doping scandal 15 years ago, who has since died. He was the heero of Iivo when he was young. Especially the Swedish press did not like him talking about Myllylä. The doping was not by ingesting anything, it was using a banned blood plasma expander.
The success of Lahti 2017 has done much to restore the faith to the Finnish teams and Lahti.