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Barry Bond’s girlfriend Mari Holden is a force on a bicycle. She’s an Olympic cycling medalist, a former world time trial champion and a fixture at the major US tours.
The couple connected because the former MLB player took up a new sport, cycling. When the couple met, Mari Holden could crush Barry Bonds on an incline, and apparently he loved that. “He’s very animated about it, and very funny,” Specialized Bicycle Components founder and CEO Mike Sinyard, Bonds’ friend, told sportsonearth.com. “He couldn’t believe it: ‘How is this little, beautiful woman passing me going up this hill?’”
But Barry Bonds isn’t cycling to win; he’s doing it to stay in shape without pounding on his body. He turned to cycling after a string of knee, back and hip surgeries. Mari Holden, on the other hand, is cycling to win, and she’s done a good job of it. In 2000, the Ventura California native won the world time trial championship as well as a silver medal in the Olympic Games time trial in Sydney, Australia. She’s also won six US championships. Not to mention the fact that she became the first American woman to win three consecutive U.S. time trial championships (1998–2000) and scored a double by winning the US time trial and road championships in 1999.
The 42-year-old Mari Holden began cycling with her high school fitness club. It wasn’t until 1992, when she moved to Colorado Springs, that she began training with the US cycling team. These days, Mari Holden is being called one of the "greatest ambassadors in the sport of cycling" by Ride Magazine (March, 2008). She coaches and holds cycling clinics and camps as well as serves as a consultant on women's cycling issues and products. She also served on the board of directors of USA Cycling. And most interestingly, Mari Holden also formerly served on the athletic advisory committee to the U.S. Olympic Committee and was athlete ambassador to the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency. It’s too bad the couple wasn’t dating in 2011, when Barry Bonds was convicted of obstruction of justice. Perhaps she could’ve given him some pointers.
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Man, something's off with Chad Gaudin... and when you take Chad Gaudin's wife Syndal Gaudin (nee Gorden) into account, this whole story gets even more bizarre.
According to the Las Vegas Journal Review, Gaudin was arrested at a hospital 3 miles off the Vegas strip. Gaudin is alleged to have approached a 23 year old woman lying on a gurney in the emergency room lobby. The police report indicates that Gaudin told her she was beautiful and touched her face and breasts. Witness accounts say Gaudin further creeped out the girl in the ER by saying, “I will take care of you, don’t worry about them.” A paramedic who witnessed the encounter told Gaudin to leave the woman alone, who responded by shouting profanity before being held down by hospital security before police arrived to arrest him.
The Las Vegas Journal Review said that Gaudin's lawyer claims that his client was, "suffering acute renal failure and experiencing symptoms including confusion and disorientation."
So weird encounter on it's own, right? Well now look at this ridiculously gorgeous woman who gets the title of being Chad Gaudin's wife and think about that encounter again. Syndal was on the TLC show, Say Yes to the Dress, in advance of her wedding to Gaudin and played the part of a doting, loving, seemingly down to earth bride. The couple was married on January 29, 2011 at the Las Vegas Hard Rock, which is located near their Henderson, NV home. The couple had their first child in December later that same year.
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Where do we begin when talking about the love life of a one Mr. Barry Lamar Bonds. His love life is as complicated as his playing career. With Barry up for the Hall-of-Fame for the first time this year I think it is about time we covered Barry Bonds wife and girlfriend (OK, ex-wives and ex-girlfriend).
Susann Branco: 1988-1994
Barry Bonds first wife came from out of country. While in Montreal, most likely for a series against the artists formerly known as the Expos, Barry met Susann "Sun" Branco. Sun was a bartender at one of the many fine establishments in Montreal when she caught Barry's eyes. The couple decided to elope in 1988 during a trip to Vegas. At the time Barry had Sun sign a prenuptial agreement. Not a big deal until of course you get divorced. Barry and Sun separated in 1994 and this is when the fun started. Sun, who is originally from Sweden, sued saying she didn't understand the prenup she signed and should be entitled to some of Barry's baseball money. This was a few years after Barry signed the huge deal with the San Francisco Giants. During the trial allegations of physical and mental abuse were levied against Barry. Eventually the courts sided with Barry and the prenup was upheld. The couple did have two children, Nikolai and Shikari, during their short marriage. Anyone that watched Barry when he played with the SF Giants would remember Nikolai who was always around the team as the batboy and when he would greet Barry at home plate after each home run.
Liz Watson: 1998-2010
Liz jumped into the fray right as things got good with Barry. 1998 is right around the time that Barry is alleged to have started taking steroids to keep up with all the other players in baseball. I don't want to say for certain Barry did steroids since he was technically found not guilty of lying about steroids but men in their mid 30's don't typically break the single season home run record. Despite all of this, Barry Bonds married Liz win 1998. Out of all the ladies in Barry's life she probably has the most dirt on him. Liz and Barry met a long time before their wedding, starting as friends before dating. Eventually Liz, much like Barry's first wife, grew tired of who Barry was and filed for divorce in 2010. The couple have one daughter together, Aisha.
Kimberly Bell: 1994-2003
The Barry Bonds story wouldn't be complete if there wasn't a mistress, or two, or three. We will focus on by far the most famous of the mistresses, Kimberly Bell. Kim, who Barry first met in the parking lot of a Giants game, was his #1 go to girl during his San Fran days. Like many mistresses Barry eventually got tired of Kimberly and asked her to go away. Kim however had other plans and went on the attack. She discussed writing a book in which she talked about many of Barry's "issues" in the bedroom. Kim also posed for Playboy to show the world what Barry was missing. Kim would turned in a key witness for the prosecution in the Barry Bonds perjury trial due to her intimate knowledge of Barry and his steroid use.
So there you have it. A quick history of just some of the many women in Barry Bonds' life.