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By VeloNews Interactive
The Navigators cycling team announced Wednesday that Olympic match sprint champion Marty Nothstein has signed on for the 2002 season.
The 31-year-old Nothstein, who most recently raced for Mercury, won the match sprint gold medal at the 2000 Olympic games in Sydney, Australia, and was also a silver medalist at the 1996 Games in Atlanta. Nothstein has also earned three world titles, in the match sprint and Keirin.
The Navigators signing continues Nothstein’s gradual shift in emphasis away from the track to the road. According to a news release issued Wednesday by the team, Nothstein has re-focused his goals toward road and criterium racing.
“I am confident that Marty is well prepared to make the transition to the more endurance related events of road racing,” Navigators director Ed Beamon said. “I expect Marty will play a major role in the Navigators team strategy, especially on the U.S. criterium circuit, but we will not be limiting Marty’s team role. I think we can provide an excellent environment for Marty to mature as an endurance athlete, and I believe he will be a complete team player well beyond his sprinting prowess. I plan to have Marty participate in several events during our April campaign in Europe, and we’ll try to push him early on.”
Nothstein joins a strong Navigators roster that includes current U.S. Professional Criterium Champion, Kirk O’Bee and Canadian Professional Road Champion Mark Walters, as well as four other Olympians.