Marty Nothstein is an Olympic cycling champion, an Olympic silver medalist, and a three-time world champion in sprint and keirin.
Growing up in a working-class family in Lehigh County, Marty Nothstein learned early that hard work is the best way to chase a dream. Marty’s father ran a car dealership and a trucking company, and his mother raised their children before working as a retail clerk to help make ends meet.
As a teenager, Marty worked multiple jobs to help the family and support his dream: an Olympic gold medal in cycling. His speed and nimbleness on the track earned him an apt nickname: The Blade.
One of the most respected competitors on the international circuit, Marty raced for the U.S. Olympic team in Atlanta in 1996, bringing home a silver medal and a hunger for the top prize. He would not display that medal until he could put a gold medal beside it.
“Good enough,” wasn’t good enough for Marty Nothstein. He proved that four years later, becoming the best sprint cyclist in the world. On his victory lap, he carried his son, Tyler with him around the Olympic track in Sydney Australia.
Marty has always called the Lehigh Valley home. It is where he and his wife Christi raised their two children, Tyler and Devon, and began his work as a small businessman and community leader.
Marty took charge of the Valley Preferred Cycling Center, a non-profit organization that runs the world-class Trexlertown velodrome. In short order, he improved the track’s finances and expanded training programs for the next generation of young champions. He created outreach programs in underserved communities where too many children are forgotten.
I’m a big believer in paying it forward,” Marty says. “We weren’t born into this world only for ourselves. We are supposed to be here for each other and that means service at every level.”
Marty took it to the next level by running for the Lehigh County Board of Commissioners, pulling in the highest vote total and quickly assuming the chairmanship.
A principled conservative who grew up with a deep sense of fiscal responsibility, Marty put those principles to work as county commissioner. In just two years, he helped restore and expand the county’s retirement home for the elderly and cut taxes on homeowners.
In addition to his public service and work as a small businessman, Marty owns and works a family farm, carrying on the agricultural legacy of the 7th District.
Now, Marty is running for Congress to put the same grit and determination to work for the people of the 7th Congressional District.
“America is the land of limitless opportunity. However, too often, Washington fails us because career politicians are only looking out for themselves and their friends. Instead of tax reform and health care reform, we get gridlock and cronyism,” says Marty.
“That has to stop.”