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Olympic Long Team - Track

Mandy Marquardt

D.O.B August 7, 1991
Hometown Plantation, Florida
School Pennsylvania State University
Residence Allentown, Pennsylvania
Pro Teams Team Novo Nordisk (2010-Present)

Meet the Athlete

Born in Germany, Mandy grew up in Plantation, Florida. She was active with swimming, running and playing tennis, and wanted to compete in triathlons. She began competitively cycling at the age of 10 at the Brian Piccolo Velodrome in nearby Cooper City, selecting the track because it was a safe place to learn. Within a short amount of time and coached by Mike Fraysse and Betsy Davis, she went on to win two gold medals in the criterium and time trial at the 2003 U.S. Junior Women’s 10-12 Road National Championships, and a silver medal in the road race. She was hooked on cycling.

<p>In 2007, at the age of 16, Mandy moved back to Germany to live with her father. She continued to compete in many endurance road and track cycling events for the German state of Baden-Württemberg. A year later, she was undergoing routine V02 max testing and bloodwork when they found she had elevated blood sugar levels. Mandy spent the next two weeks in the hospital where she was then diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. A doctor told her she would never be able to compete at a high level again, and she has since proven that wrong and what is possible with diabetes. In 2010, she moved back to Florida to live with her mother to dial in racing with diabetes, complete her high school senior year and apply to college. </p>

<p>Mandy was encouraged to focus on track cycling, so she took the leap in 2012, at age 21, and began focusing on sprinting. As part of the USA Cycling National Team, she has raced internationally at the Pan-American Championships, UCI World Cups, and UCI World Championships. She currently holds the standing 500m and team sprint national records. The 18-time U.S. National Champion resides in Allentown, Pennsylvania. She races for Team Novo Nordisk, the world’s first-all diabetes professional cycling team and trains alongside Edge Cycling. Mandy graduated from the Pennsylvania State University in 2014 with a Bachelors of Science in Business Management and Marketing. She is an ambassador for many organizations, and is passionate about being a role model for young girls worldwide as well as for everyone affected by diabetes.</p>

What is one of the most pivotal experiences you've had that helped get you to where you are today?

When I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 2007, it was challenging. I didn’t want to give up riding because the bike was always my happy place, but I felt a little lost for a while. Joining Team Novo Nordisk in 2010 and being amongst a team of athletes who were living and racing with diabetes changed my perspective and gave me hope! Today, it's a fulfilling feeling to race my bike worldwide with a purpose and help others see what is possible with diabetes.

When I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 2007, it was challenging. I didn’t want to give up riding because the bike was always my happy place, but I felt a little lost for a while. Joining Team Novo Nordisk in 2010 and being amongst a team of athletes who were living and racing with diabetes changed my perspective and gave me hope! Today, it's a fulfilling feeling to race my bike worldwide with a purpose and help others see what is possible with diabetes.

What is your favorite post-ride snack/meal?

A nice cold protein shake or smoothie and if I'm hungry for something more, a chicken and veggie wrap are my go-to!

A nice cold protein shake or smoothie and if I'm hungry for something more, a chicken and veggie wrap are my go-to!

What is your favorite quote or piece of advice to live by?

"If you shoot for the moon and you miss, you will land amongst the stars" – When I was younger, my parents framed that quote and it hung beside my bed. It resonates with me still today because, as long as you go for it and give it your best, the outcome will always be better than where you started.

"If you shoot for the moon and you miss, you will land amongst the stars" – When I was younger, my parents framed that quote and it hung beside my bed. It resonates with me still today because, as long as you go for it and give it your best, the outcome will always be better than where you started.

Points of Interest

Mandy POI 1

Where it all began...winning two gold medals in the Criterium and Time Trial at the 2003 U.S. Junior Women’s 10-12 Road National Championships

Racing at my home track, the Valley Preferred Cycling Center in Trexlertown, Pennsylvania in my Team Novo Nordisk kit. We are #ChangingDiabetes!

Mandy POI 2
Mandy POI 3

I've had a lot of great memories with my teammates and on the podium, but always stoked to travel and compete somewhere new and represent the red, white and blue!

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