Excited to be going with @teamtwenty16 to the World Championships in Qatar, but sad to be missing one of my favorite events of the year #levisgranfondo and one of the nicest former teammates of all time @odessagunnsanimals I'll be back in 2017 and I hope all my friends heading to Santa Rosa have an amazing time!
Mari Kim Holden Paulsen (age 44) is an American cycle racer. She won the world time trial championship in 2000 after winning a silver medal in the Olympic Games time trial in Sydney, Australia. She also won six U.S. championships, becoming the first American woman to win three consecutive U.S. time trial championships (1998–2000) and scoring a double by winning the U.S. time trial and road championships in 1999.
Holden raced in Europe. In 1999, she finished second in the Women’s Challenge against an international field and in the top 10 in the Grande Boucle.
The following year, she won a silver medal at the Olympics, followed by a victory two weeks later in the world time trial championship in Plouay, France.
That year (2000), Holden was elected to the board of directors of USA Cycling and re-elected in 2004. She formerly served on the athletic advisory committee to the U.S. Olympic Committee and was athlete ambassador to the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency.
Holden coaches and holds cycling clinics and cycling camps as well as serves as a consultant on women’s cycling issues and products. She was called one of the “greatest ambassadors in the sport of cycling” by Ride Magazine (March, 2008).