Camilla Martin
Camilla Martin Nygaard née Martin (born March 23, 1974 in Aarhus
Aarhus or Århus is the second-largest city in Denmark. The principal port of Denmark, Aarhus is on the east side of the peninsula of Jutland in the geographical center of Denmark...

) is a retired badminton
Badminton is a racquet sport played by either two opposing players or two opposing pairs , who take positions on opposite halves of a rectangular court that is divided by a net. Players score points by striking a shuttlecock with their racquet so that it passes over the net and lands in their...

 player from Denmark
Denmark is a Scandinavian country in Northern Europe. The countries of Denmark and Greenland, as well as the Faroe Islands, constitute the Kingdom of Denmark . It is the southernmost of the Nordic countries, southwest of Sweden and south of Norway, and bordered to the south by Germany. Denmark...

. She and Lene Køppen
Lene Køppen
Lene Køppen is a former badminton player from Denmark who won numerous Danish national and major international championships from the early 1970s through the early 1980s. Noted for her speed and athleticism, she and Camilla Martin are the only Danish women to win both the World and All-England ...

, who played two decades earlier, are the only Danish women to have won both the All-England
All England Open Badminton Championships
The All England Open Badminton Championships, or simply All England, is one of the world's oldest and most prestigious badminton tournaments. Played annually, it developed after the success of world's first badminton tournament held in Guildford in 1898...

 and World
BWF World Championships
The BWF World Championships is a tournament organized by the Badminton World Federation to crown the best badminton players in the world....

 singles titles.

She married economist
An economist is a professional in the social science discipline of economics. The individual may also study, develop, and apply theories and concepts from economics and write about economic policy...

 Lars Nygaard 25 May 2005, and changed her name to Camilla Martin Nygaard.

She currently works as co-host of the Danish football magazine, Onside.

Camilla Martin is the daughter of the former Danish footballer Bent Martin
Bent Martin
Bent Martin is a Danish former professional footballer who played as a goalkeeper.He played in Sønderborg Boldklub as a youth player. When serving conscription he moved to Aarhus and joined the local side AGF Aarhus. He won the 1960 Danish championship and 1965 Danish Cup with AGF. When AGF met...

. Her brother is the former Danish footballer Ken Martin.


She primarily played woman's singles. In that discipline she won the Danish national championships 13 years consecutively, from 1991 to 2003, European champion
European Badminton Championships
The European Badminton Championships is a tournament organized by the Badminton Europe . The first of these competitions was held in 1968. The competition is held once every two years to determine the best badminton players in Europe....

 three times, in 1996, 1998, and 2000, and World champion
BWF World Championships
The BWF World Championships is a tournament organized by the Badminton World Federation to crown the best badminton players in the world....

 once in 1999
1999 IBF World Championships
The 11th IBF World Championships were held in Copenhagen, Denmark, between 10 May and 23 May 1999.-Medalists:- Men's Singles :- Women's Singles :- Men's Doubles :- Women's Doubles :- Mixed Doubles :-Medal account:-External links:...

. She won All England in 2002.

The only major tournament that she never won was the Olympic Games
Summer Olympic Games
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. She earned silver in 2000 Summer Olympics
2000 Summer Olympics
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 after losing to Gong Zhichao
Gong Zhichao
Gong Zhichao is a female badminton player from the People's Republic of China.-Career:Gong was one of the world's leading women's singles players between her first international titles in 1996 and her retirement in 2002...

 of People's Republic of China
People's Republic of China
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 in the final.

In Camilla Martin's last year as an elite player, she played at the 2004 Olympics
Badminton at the 2004 Summer Olympics
Badminton at the 2004 Summer Olympics was held at the Goudi Olympic Hall at the Goudi Olympic Complex from August 14 through August 21. Both men and women competed in their own singles and doubles events and together they competed in a mixed doubles event....

, defeating Kanako Yonekura
Kanako Yonekura
is a female badminton player from Japan.Yonekura won the gold in Women's Singles of Badminton Tournament in 1998 Bangkok Asian Games, by defeating Gong Zhichao of People's Republic of China in the final....

 of Japan
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 in the first round but losing to Tracey Hallam
Tracey Hallam
-Career:Hallam played badminton at the 2004 Summer Olympics. In women's singles, she defeated Juliane Schenk of Germany and Camilla Martin of Denmark in the first two rounds...

 of Great Britain
United Kingdom
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in the round of 16.

She helped Denmark win the European team championship in 1996, 1998, 2000,2002 and 2004.

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