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Martin Wayne Nothstein (born February 10, 1971) is an American politician and former professional road bicycle racer and track cyclist. He is a three-time world champion in track events and an Olympic gold and silver medalist. He has since entered the field of politics, and is currently a member of the Board of Commissioners of Lehigh County, Pennsylvania. Nothstein ran as the Republican Party nominee for the 2018 United States House of Representatives election in Pennsylvania's 7th congressional district and Pennsylvania's 15th district special election.

Marty Nothstein
Born
Martin Wayne Nothstein

(1971-02-10) February 10, 1971 (age 48)
Political partyRepublican
Cycling career
Personal information
Height6 ft 1 12 in (187 cm)[1]
Weight212 lb (96 kg)
Team information
DisciplineTrack & Road
RoleRider
Rider typeSprinter
Professional team(s)
2001Mercury Viatel
2002–2006Navigators Insurance Cycling Team

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Early life and educationEdit

Nothstein was born in Allentown, Pennsylvania, one of five children to Gail Benner Nothstein and 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 20th century, and bare-knuckle prizefighter. Nothstein is a 1989 graduate of Emmaus High School in Emmaus, Pennsylvania.[2]

Cycling careerEdit

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 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.[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 lost 30 pounds compared to his weight at the 2000 Summer Olympics.[4]

Post-cycling careerEdit

Nothstein retired from competitive cycling after the 2006 season,[5] and used to drive in 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.[6]

As of 2017, 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,[5] marking his first foray into politics. In May, Nothstein received the highest number of votes of any Republican in the primary election,[7][8] 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.[8] 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.[9]

2018 U.S. House campaignEdit

In October 2017 Nothstein announced that he would seek the Republican nomination for Pennsylvania's 7th congressional district for the 2018 United States House of Representatives election prior to the announcement of the district's Republican incumbent, Charlie Dent, that he would not run for another term.[10] He lost his bid for Congress in the 7th District to Susan Wild,[11] receiving 43.5% of the vote.[12]

Nothstein also ran in special election for Charlie Dent's former seat in Pennsylvania's 15th congressional district.[13][14] Nothstein was defeated by Wild in this election as well, receiving 129,593 votes to Wild's 130,353 votes.[15][16]

Major achievementsEdit

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   Keirin, US National Track Championships
2000
1st Sprint, Olympic Games
1st   Keirin, US National Track Championships
1st   Sprint, US National Track Championships
1st   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   Kilo, US National Track Championships
1st   Sprint, US National Track Championships
1st   Keirin, US National Track Championships
2002
1st   Scratch Race, US National Track Championships
1st Brick City Classic (USA)
1st Six Days of Moscow (RUS)
2003
1st   Keirin, US National Track Championships
1st   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   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)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Marty Nothstein". Sports Reference.
  2. ^ "Marty Nothstein biography". USA Cycling. Archived from the original on 2005-12-02.
  3. ^ |Mike Kallal (2000). "Cyclingnews talks with Marty Nothstein". Cycling News.
  4. ^ "Olympic Champion, Marty Nothstein Interview". British Cycling. April 2004. Archived from the original on 2008-08-21.
  5. ^ a b Sieger, Edward (February 10, 2015). "Former Olympian announces candidacy for Lehigh County commissioner". The Express-Times. Retrieved October 27, 2015.
  6. ^ Olympic Gold Medalist Marty Nothstein to Drive Follow A Dream/Permatex/Wynn's NHRA Top Alcohol Funny Car Archived 2011-07-07 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ Shortell, Tom (May 20, 2015). "Dean Browning loses in Lehigh County commissioners bid; Marty Nothstein top vote-getter". The Morning Call. Retrieved October 27, 2015.
  8. ^ a b "Municipal Primary - May 19, 2015". Lehigh County, Pennsylvania. May 19, 2015. Retrieved October 27, 2015.[permanent dead link]
  9. ^ Shortell, Tom (October 27, 2015). "Cedarbrook, taxes at center of Lehigh commissioner race". p. 5. Retrieved October 27, 2015.
  10. ^ "Former Olympian Nothstein announces Congressional nomination bid". cyclingnews.com. 19 October 2017. Retrieved 20 October 2017.
  11. ^ https://www.mcall.com/news/breaking/mc-nws-lehigh-valley-election-night-roundup-20181106-story.html
  12. ^ https://www.nytimes.com/elections/results/pennsylvania-house-district-7
  13. ^ https://www.mcall.com/news/breaking/mc-nws-pa-15-nothstein-wild-special-election-20181106-story.html
  14. ^ https://www.lehighvalleylive.com/opinion/index.ssf/2018/11/gerrymandering_evident_in_poll.html
  15. ^ https://www.mcall.com/news/nationworld/pennsylvania/mc-nws-pa-15-congress-special-election-winner-20181115-story.html
  16. ^ http://www.wfmz.com/news/lehigh-valley/susan-wild-announces-victory-in-15th-district-special-election/867128407

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