From Washington to the Olympic Stage
Hailing from Whidbey Island located in beautiful Pacific Northwestern Washington, Marti has been doing judo since the age of 6. She picked up the sport alongside her older brothers and after winning her first competition just months after starting she set her sights on one day being an Olympic Champion. 20 years later with numerous national and international successes under her belt she has made a name for herself in the sport where she is the #1 player in the United States at 57kg and #6 on the planet. Marti also made her life long dream of being an Olympic medalist come true in 2012 when she took a bronze medal at the London Olympic Games defeating a tough and talented field along the way. While qualifying for the 2012 Olympics Marti attended San Jose State University where she served as team captain for 3 years before graduating on the Deans List with a BS in Advertising. In 2013 Marti had one of her best years ever taking a gold medal at the Miami Grand Prix, a silver medal at the World Championships and a silver medal at the prestigious Tokyo Grand Slam all while pursuing a Masters Degree in Mass Communications at San Jose State. In the big picture,next up for Marti is the 2016 Olympics in Rio where she hopes to realize her big dream of Olympic gold.