Marty Nothstein

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Marty Nothstein
Personal information
Full name Martin Wayne Nothstein
Nickname The Blade
Born (1971-02-10) February 10, 1971 (age 43)
Allentown, Pennsylvania, United States
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)[1]
Weight 96 kg (212 lb)[1]
Team information
Discipline Track & Road
Role Rider
Professional team(s)
2001
2002–2006
Mercury Viatel
Navigators Insurance Cycling Team
Infobox last updated on
20 October 2009

Martin "Marty" Wayne Nothstein (born February 10, 1971) is an American professional road bicycle racer and track cyclist. He is a 3-time world champion in track events and an Olympic gold and silver medalist.

Biography[edit]

Early life[edit]

Nothstein was born in Allentown, Pennsylvania, one of five children to Wayne Nothstein, owner of a local automotive business, Nothstein Motors. Nothstein's paternal great grandfather was an accomplished bicycle racer at the turn of the 21st century, and bare-knuckle prizefighter. Nothstein is a 1989 graduate of Emmaus High School in Emmaus, Pennsylvania.[2]

Cycling career[edit]

Nothstein began cycling in 1987 and made his international debut in 1989, at the UCI Track Cycling World Cycling Championships in Lyon, France.

Nothstein won his first world championship medal in 1993, when he took the silver in the keirin. He became a double world champion in 1994, winning both sprint and keirin events at the 1994 World Championships. He did so whilst nursing a broken heel bone. Nothstein again rode with a fractured bone, this time a kneecap, as part of the U.S. team sprint squad that won the bronze medal at the 1995 World Championships.[3]

He won a Silver medal in the sprint at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia. At the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, he became the first American cyclist in 16 years to win an Olympic gold medal, when he took the victory in the sprint.

In March 2001, he turned professional (on the road) with the U.S. based Mercury Viatel team, before moving to the Navigators Insurance Cycling Team in 2002. He remained with Navigators for four years to the end of his career.

In 2004, Nothstein had success on the road as well as track, proving many people wrong; many had said that this wasn't possible for a sprint rider. In order to transfer to road riding, he had lost 30 pounds of body mass, compared to his weight at the 2000 Summer Olympics.[4]

He earned the nickname The Blade for his razor thin victory margins. He was also called this for his skill at cutting through a field of riders into first place.

Retirement[edit]

Nothstein retired from competitive cycling after the 2006 season, and now drives an NHRA Top Alcohol Funny Car for Follow A Dream.

Nothstein won two races in the 2007 NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series season; one at Bradenton Motorsports Park in Bradenton, Florida in the series’ season opener, the other in mid-July at Gateway International Raceway in Madison, Illinois. He finished 11th in points in the 2007 NHRA Alcohol Funny Car season.[5]

Major achievements[edit]

World Championships
3-Gold Medals – Keirin (1996), Sprint and Keirin (1994)
2-Silver Medals – Match Sprint (1996), Keirin (1993)
2-Bronze Medals – Keirin, (1997), Team Sprint (1995)
U.S. National Championships
34-Gold Medals
1993
2nd Keirin, Track Cycling World Championships
1994
1st Keirin, Track Cycling World Championships
1st Sprint, Track Cycling World Championships
1995
1st Sprint, Pan American Games
1st Sprint, Round 6, Manchester, 1995 Track World Cup
2nd Keirin, Round 6, Manchester, 1995 Track World Cup
1996
1st Keirin, Track Cycling World Championships
2nd Sprint, Track Cycling World Championships
2nd Sprint, Olympic Games
1st Sprint, Round 1, Cali, 1996 Track World Cup
1st Keirin, Round 1, Cali, 1996 Track World Cup
1st Sprint, Round 2, Havanna, 1996 Track World Cup
1st Keirin, Round 2, Havanna, 1996 Track World Cup
1st Sprint, Round 4, Italy, 1996 Track World Cup
1st Keirin, Round 4, Italy, 1996 Track World Cup
1997
3rd Keirin, World Track Cycling Championships
1st Sprint, Round 1, Cali, 1997 Track World Cup
1st Keirin, Round 1, Cali, 1997 Track World Cup
1st Sprint, Round 2, Trexlertown, 1997 Track World Cup
2nd Keirin, Round 2, Trexlertown, 1997 Track World Cup
1st Sprint, Round 3, Fiorenzuola, 1997 Track World Cup
3rd Sprint, Round 4, Quatro Sant’Elana, 1997 Track World Cup
1st Keirin, Round 4, Quatro Sant’Elana, 1997 Track World Cup
1st Keirin, Round 6, Adelaide, 1997 Track World Cup
1998
2nd Sprint, Round 1, Cali, 1998 Track World Cup
3rd Keirin, Round 1, Cali, 1998 Track World Cup
2nd Keirin, Round 2, Victoria, 1998 Track World Cup
1999
1st Keirin, Pan American Games
1st Sprint, Pan American Games
1st Team Sprint, Pan American Games
1st United States Keirin, US National Track Championships
2000
1st Sprint, Olympic Games
1st United States Keirin, US National Track Championships
1st United States Sprint, US National Track Championships
1st United States Team sprint, US National Track Championships
2001
2nd Kilo, Round 3, Italy, UCI Track Cycling World Cup Classics
3rd Keirin, Round 3, Italy, UCI Track Cycling World Cup Classics
3rd Keirin, Round 5, Malaysia, UCI Track Cycling World Cup Classics
3rd Scratch Race, Goodwill Games
1st United States Kilo, US National Track Championships
1st United States Sprint, US National Track Championships
1st United States Keirin, US National Track Championships
2002
1st United States Scratch Race, US National Track Championships
1st Brick City Classic (USA)
1st Six Days of Moscow (RUS)
2003
1st United States Keirin, US National Track Championships
1st United States Team sprint, US National Track Championships
1st New York City Cycling Championship (USA)
1st Air Products Finals (Track) (USA)
2004
U.S. Olympic Track Cycling Team member
1st United States Keirin, US National Track Championships
1st Wells Fargo Twilight Criterium (USA)
1st Sprint, Tour of Connecticut (USA)
1st Commerce Bank Criterium (USA)
1st Paul Heller Memorial (USA)
1st Battle of Brilliance Criterium (USA)
1st Team Sprint, USA Track Cup
1st Keirin, USA Track Cup
2nd Stage 2, Nature Valley Grand Prix (USA)
3rd Tour de Gastown (CAN)
3rd Bike Jam 2004 (USA)
3rd Bristol Mountain Road Race (USA)
2005
1st Tour de Christiana (USA)
1st Silver Spring G.P. Criterium (USA)
1st Harrisburg Criterium (USA)
1st CTS Westfield Criterium (USA)
1st St. Valentine's Day Massacre (USA)
1st El Cajon Downtown G.P. (USA)
3rd D.A.R.E. Grand Prix (USA)

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