Monday, July 9, 2012

Marty Nothstein

Marty Nothstein during the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, Australia.

Marty Nothstein was born in Allentown, Pennsylvania on February 10, 1971. As a professional cyclist he raced both road and track. On the track he won 3 world championship titles and an Olympic gold and silver medals. His track racing nickname was The Blade, giving to him for his razor thin margins of victory and his ability to slice through a field of riders.

Nothstein never let anything stand in the way of his training or racing. While nursing a broken heel, and having to hobble to his bike on crutches, he won both sprint and keirin events at the 1994 World Championships. At the 1995 World Championships he raced with a fractured knee cap and won a bronze medal as a member of the U.S. team sprint squad.
Marty Nothstein (on left) won the silver medal in the match sprint while Jens Fiedler of Germany won the gold medal at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, GA. 

Marty was frustrated with winning a silver medal and not a gold medal at the 1996 Olympics. He was dedicated to winning a Gold Medal at the 2000 Olympics.  Through years of hard training and planning he was successful at winning a gold medal at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, Australia.
Marty Nothstein winning gold in the Match Sprint at the 2000 Olympics.

In March of 2001, he turned professional on the road, first racing for the Mecury Viatel team and finishing out his career with the Navigators team. He retired from bicycle racing in 2006.

Nothstein became a NHRA Top Alcohol Funny Car driver in 2007. At present time he is the Executive Director of the Valley Preferred Cycling Center (his home track in Pennsylvania).

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