Mario Martinez (1957-2018)


Vice champion of the 1984 Summer Olympics, Mario Martinez of Team USA died on January 14, 1960 at the age of 60.

Mario Martinez was one of the most memorable and inspiring American weightlifters of his generation. He was a 3-time U.S. Olympian representing the nation at the Summer Olympics in 1984, 1988 and 1992. He competed in the super heavyweight and became a silver Olympic medalist in Los Angeles in 1984. He took the 4th place in Seoul (1988) and the 8th place in Barcelona (1992).

Martinez won medals at three Pan American Games – gold (1987), silver (1991) and bronze (1995).

In his 20-plus-year long career as an athlete in the Olympic weightlifting, he won 1o national championships and set numerous U.S. records.

Our deepest condolences go to the family and friends of Mario Martinez.

RIP, champion!

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