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Full name  Martin Wayne Nothstein
Discipline  Track & Road
Name  Marty Nothstein
Height  1.87 m
Education  Emmaus High School
Nickname  The Blade
2001  Mercury Viatel
Role  Bicycler
Weight  96 kg
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Born  February 10, 1971 (age 44) Allentown, Pennsylvania, United States (1971-02-10)
2002–2006  Navigators Insurance Cycling Team
Olympic medals  Cycling at the 1996 Summer Olympics - Men's Sprint, Cycling at the 2000 Summer Olympics - Men's Sprint
Similar People  Jens Fiedler, Florian Rousseau, Curt Harnett

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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.


Early life

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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.

Cycling career

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

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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 while 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.

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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.

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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 lost 30 pounds of body mass, compared to his weight at the 2000 Summer Olympics.

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.


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.

As of 2015, Nothstein was living in Lowhill Township, Pennsylvania, and working as executive director of the Valley Preferred Cycling Center. In February 2015, Nothstein announced he was running as a Republican for the Board of Commissioners of Lehigh County, Pennsylvania, marking his first foray into politics. In May, Nothstein received the highest amount of votes of any Republican in the primary election, collecting 8,260 votes. That was 104 votes higher than the next-highest Republican vote-getter, and the second-most overall of any candidate, behind Democratic candidate Dan Hartzell's 8,324 votes. Nothstein ran on a slate with Republican incumbents Brad Osborne, Vic Mazziotti, and Amanda Holt, who ran on a platform of continuing what they called a successful record of cutting taxes and creating a more efficient government in the Republican-led board of commissioners.

Major achievements

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


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