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Brenda Martinez

Olympian 2016

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Big Bear Lake, CA


Rancho Cucamonga High School (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.) ‘05 University of California, Riverside ‘10, Sociology/Law and Society

Daughter of Andres and Rosa Maria Martinez...Has one brother, Ralph, and one sister, Barbara...Married to Carlos Handler...Three-time NCAA All-American...Hobbies include spending time with family, watching movies, hanging out with her four dogs and cat, mentoring youth and hosting summer camp for high school girls...Founded Big Bear Track Club, a nonprofit, post-collegiate group to help develop American distance running...Hosts a high-altitude training camp for high school runners every summer...Was the first member of her family to attend college.
  • Olympian (2016)
  • Rio 2016 Olympic Games, 21st
  • Most recent: 2016 – 5th (1,500m)
  • Years of Participation: Outdoor – 2013, 2015 (800m); Indoor – 2012, 2016 (1,500m)
  • Medals: 1 (bronze)
  • Bronze – 2013 (800m)
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