Mari Holden

Mari Kim Holden Paulsen ( born March 30, 1971 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin) is a former American triathlete, cyclist and World Champion.


Your athletic career began Mari Holden as a triathlete. She belonged to the U.S. triathlon team of juniors and in 1991 awarded the title " Junior Triathlete of the Year". At the Junior World Championships in the same year she finished in seventh place. Then she focused on cycling.


In 2000 Holden won won the 2000 world title in the time trial after they had already won at the Olympic Games in Sydney in the same year the silver medal in this discipline. Six times she was U.S. champion and was the first American woman who managed to win the national title in the time trial three times in a row. 1999 she managed the double whammy when it was U.S. Champion in both the time trial as well as in the road race.

Personal and professional

2006 Mari Holden resigned from active cycling. From 2000 she was a member of the board of the National Association " USA Cycling ," advisor to the U.S. Olympic Committee and Athlete Representative to the " U.S. Anti -Doping Agency". In 2008, she called the Ride Magazine one of the "greatest ambassadors in cycling ". She has worked as a personal trainer, supervised Paralympic athletes and is committed to charitable projects such as the Million Dollar Challenge to support disabled and disadvantaged young athletes.

Holden grew up in Ventura, and now lives in Del Mar and works as a personal trainer. In June 2013, it was recorded the Ventura County Sports Hall of Fame. She is romantically involved with former baseball player Barry Bonds, who is involved in the BALCO doping scandal.