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Former PCC Water Polo Coach Martin Profiled In CNN/Sports Illustrated Feature

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Nicholas Martin, who spent 27 years as head coach of the Pasadena City College men's water polo team, will be profiled in the June 18 issue of Sports Illustrated. Martin participated in a video interview held at PCC's Aquatic Center as part of an in-depth feature by CNN/SI on the 1956 Hungarian Olympic team. 

Martin, who in his 45th year at PCC, continued to instruct French this semester as a part-time associate professor in the college's Languages Division. He was a full-time faculty member for 44 years. He turns 81 later this month.

Martin was a member of both the 1952 and 1956 Hungarian Olympic gold medal-winning water polo teams. In 1956, he was one of many members of the Hungary Olympic team that chose to defect because of political unrest in his home country. Martin defected to the United States and eventually received the first water polo scholarship offered by USC.

The CNN/SI story features members of that team and their plight during the '56 Melbourne Games.

Martin was featured in January's PCC President's Report to the Community, a publication created biannually by the Public Relations Office. A link to that article is below on page 18:

The video feature by CNN/SI and reporter Alexander Wolff can be seen at the following link:

(Photo: Nick Martin, PCC archives)

Release Date: 06/13/12
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