Currently ranked in the top 20 in the world out of 336 female track sprinters, track superstar Mandy Marquardt has her sights set on the 2020 Olympic Games. Diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at age 16, Marquardt knows that being the best right now isn’t enough to get her to the Olympics in two years. The next couple of years won’t be easy, but she is laser focused on achieving her dreams.
The two-time Collegiate National Champion has represented the United States at multiple UCI Track World Cups and was named to the 2016 U.S. Olympic ‘Long Team’ for track sprinting.
Marquardt started competing at a young age, even before she was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. In her first year racing, she won two Junior National Championships. In 2006, she moved to Germany to live with her father and went on to take bronze at Junior German Track Nationals in the 500m Time Trial. Since graduating from Penn State Lehigh Valley in 2014, Marquardt as been training full-time for UCI track races, UCI Track World Cups and the Olympic Games.
Career highlights include 13-time U.S. National Champion, two-time U.S. National Track Record Holder – 500m Time Trial and Team Sprint (set in 2016), Pan American Track Champion (2017 Team Sprint), three-time Pan American Track medalist (2016 Team Sprint, 2017 Silver in Keirin, Bronze in 500m Time Trial) and continuous Team USA World Cup member (since 2014).
Most recently, Marquardt was named to the United States’ UCI Track World Championships team where she will compete in the Match and Team sprints. (2018).
The 26-year-old Olympic hopeful lives in Allentown, Pennsylvania and is coached by Andrew Harris. She trains full-time with Sprinter’s Edge and works as a Penn State Lehigh Valley cycling coach.