The truths I’ve learned in my first 45 years: ~I’ve learned that fighting for your dreams and goals is what gives you life. ~Perseverance is truly the key to success, but a little luck never hurts. ~Be loyal and treasure loyalty. I have my closest friends (you know who you are) and they have been there through good and bad and have all come into my life at key moments. While we may not always be together, each arrived for a reason and I love them for it and could never imagine my life without them. ~Keep yourself open to the magic of the universe. Trust synchronicity and serendipity. ~Take care of your body and it will take care of you. ~Nothing is ever as great as it looks or as bad as it seems. ~The value of your result is often less than the value of your effort. ~Always take time to explore off the beaten path. The greatest reward might be around the next curve. Or the next… Or the next;-) ~True beauty is a light from within, but learning how to do your makeup doesn’t hurtJ ~Be thankful everyday because we are blessed with the opportunity to try again. ~My happiest moments have been the ones that I have shared with people working towards a common goal. ~I love uncontrollable laughter. ~Always wear sunscreen. ~When you are overwhelmed just take baby steps and you will get through it. ~Never forget your roots. I love my family. Thank you for an amazing 45 years! #birthdaygirl
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).