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By Sharon Payne, Cyclingnews correspondent
Marty Nothstein from Trexlertown Pennsylvania started in cycling at 16 and two years later won the Junior National Championship in the match sprint. Since then Nothstein's name has been synonymous with sprinting and speed. After missing out in Atlanta, Nothstein finally attained his much sought after gold at the Olympics in Sydney. Since Sydney, Nothstein has been working on a major change of career direction: he has lost 20 pounds, and has spent most of this season on the road.
CN: Marty, yesterday you had an interesting day. How were today's two races?
MN: I was tired after yesterday, it seemed like I never got off the track but I'm in good shape. If I can't make it through a competition like this I don't deserve to be here. Today I was a bit disappointed in the Keirin in the call the officials made. It was probably one of the worst calls I've ever received in my life. It's unfortunate because I was very excited and anxious to race the Keirin. I felt like I could win it.
CN: Will you get another chance to ride the Keirin before the World Championships?
MN: No, that'll be it. I'll just go back home to Pennsylvania, spend some time preparing. Then I'll get back onto the road circuit again. I've been doing all road work this year, all road racing and criterium racing in the States. I've had a very, very limited track racing season this year so I'm going to go home and get some much needed time on the track.
CN: Your career is having a big change now; which way do you see it going in the next couple of years?
MN: I'd like to concentrate more on the endurance side of it. I've accomplished everything there is to accomplish in the world of sprinting. I've the World Champion and Olympic Champion so there's nothing else I really need to accomplish to prove to anyone in the world of sprinting. I've come from an endurance background, got involved in sprinting, sprinted for the last couple of years and now I'm kind of anxious to get back to the road side and endurance side.
CN: What do you see as your goals over the next four years?
MN: I have every intention of going back to the [Olympic] Games in 2004. Right now I do not know what discipline it will be in. But one thing I do not lack is confidence and whatever I decide I want to concentrate on I'm sure I'll go there ready to win it.
CN: How has the Goodwill Games been for you?
It's been a great experience for me. The games have been what I'd call a success. I got two medals, they're not the colours I wanted. But we came in here more as a team wanting to win the team overall knowing we were going to have a tough fight against the Aussies. So long as we can save face and get on that podium for the team competition we should all be smiling when we leave.
CN: Yesterday you scored a $100 (US) fine did that concern you?
MN: No it didn't concern me at all a tax write off.
CN: You were fined yesterday and relegated today is there anything you or the officials need to change?
CN: Now you're 30 years of age how long can we expect to see you in the competitive arena?
MN: Well you know, I'm getting stronger and faster as I get older. There's no sense in jumping off the ship now. Again, it goes back to what do I need to accomplish in the sport. I've won everything I ever wanted to win. But I have a desire to keep on winning. Every time I put on my helmet and pin on the number I'm a competitor, a bicycle racer. That's what I live for that's what I get paid for. I'd like to go at least another four or five years.
CN: How has this American team been going at the Goodwill Games?
MN: We've got a pretty strong team here. Again we thought we'd ride a little bit better. We've had some disappointing results and some riders rode not so good and we had other people step up. So like a typical team race you can't predict the outcome. We thought we came here prepared the best we could but some other teams were more prepared.
 Nothstein was fined $100 and $500 after crashes in the 10km Scratch and Elimination respectively, and relegated to last place in the first round of the Keirin.
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