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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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The biggest name likely to be dealt before Wednesday's 2013 MLB Trade Deadline is probably Jake Peavy of the Chicago White Sox. We've always been fascinated by the family implications of the trade deadline, and have to wonder about Jake Peavy's wife Katie Peavy (also listed occasionally as Jake Peavy's wife Katie Alford), and her emotions for the next 96 hours.
Prior to his last home game in Chicago before the deadline, Jake Peavy headed into the White Sox clubhouse with five suitcases in tow, to prepare for new digs in a new city with a new team. By now, Jake, Katie and their two sons are likely able to adapt to new environments. Jake and Katie are both Alabama natives, and were married at 19 years old after dating throughout high school. The couple had their first son in 2001, with two more boys following in 2004 and 2008. Considering that the family has spent the last four seasons in Chicago, they've seen a wide spectrum of what America can offer from Alabama to San Diego and Chicago. Outside of a Boston or New York trade, they're likely to seamlessly adapt (and we only exclude Boston and New York because no one seamlessly adapts).
Both Jake and Katie are proudly country through and through with an affinity for hunting and fishing. The family spends the school year living in a cabin on 200 acres of land in Semmes, AL to provide stability for the children in terms of their education. During the offseason they do travel to be with Jake, but head back home for the start of the school year. Jake is open when it comes to the stability that Katie provides him, quoted as saying "Being married helps you be focused on what you're here to do, and that's play good baseball. I don't want to be average,"
While injuries have derailed him somewhat, when he's on the mound, he's definitely not average and a playoff team is about to learn that for themselves.
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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.