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A weekly blog about the fundamentals kids learn through sports, that then help them in all aspects of their life. Each post features a TRY THIS AT HOME section, suggesting a related activity for parents and teachers to do with their kids.
Erin Mirabella was honored to represent the United States at the 2000 and 2004 Olympic Games. Erin's career highlight came at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, where she placed 4th in the points race.  In 2006, she was the recipient of the prestigious Jack Kelly Fair Play Award for sportsmanship. Erin has used her experiences as an Olympic athlete to create a series of children's books, The Barnsville Sports Squad.  The newest book in the series, Shawn Sheep The Soccer Star, was released July, 2008.  Erin lives with her husband Chris, their son Micah, and daughter Lindsey in Woodland Park, CO. 




Racing Highlights
2005

Track National                    silver medal- pursuit
Championships                    4th place- scratch race
                                         5th place- points race

Cascade Cycling Classic       9th place- overall GC
                                         3rd place- Stage 1 RR
                                         4th place- Stage 2 TT

Fitchburg Cycling Classic    5th place - overall GC


2004

World Cup                         gold medal- points race
(Los Angeles)                     4th place- pursui
t

Olympic Games
       4th- points race
Athens, Greece                 10th - 3km pursuit


Track World Cup           
Gold medal-points race
Mexico                           
4th place- 3km pursuit

2003

Track National             
  gold medal- points race
Championships            
  silver medal- 3km pursuit
                                        bronze medal-scratch


Track World Cup         
  silver medal- 3km pursuit
Mexico                         
  4th place- points race

2002

Ranked #1 in UCI World Cup rankings in both the pursuit and scratch rac
e

Track World                
8th place- 3km pursuit
Championships

Track World Cup         
gold medal- scratch race
Mexico                         
silver medal- 3km pursuie

2001

Goodwill Games           
gold medal- points race
                                      bronze medal- scratch


Track World                
6th place- points race
Championships

Track National             
gold medal- points race
Championships            
gold medal- 3km pursuit

2000

Olympic Games           
8th place- 3km pursuit
                                      10th place- points race


Track World                
8th place- 3km pursuit
Championships            
10th place- points race

Track National             
gold medal- 3km pursuit
Championships            
gold medal- points race

1999

Pan American              
gold medal- points race
Games                         
gold medal- 3km pursuit
          Pan Am Games record holder in 3km purs
uit

Track World                
6th place- points race
Championships            
8th place- 3km pursuit

Track World Cup         
gold medal- 3km pursuit
Texas, USA                  
5th place- points race

Honors
2005

Grand Marshal of the La Habra Corn Parade
Guest on The Home Depot Rose Parade float.

2004

Voted one of Orange County's top 25 hottest people
Presented with the key to the City of La Habra

2000

Visa Female Athlete of the Year- Endurance Track


Other Accomplishments.
2004

Represented The Home Depot in an Olympic television commercial
Guest speaker for The Home Depot's District Manager Forum

2000

Keynote speaker at the Young Entrepeneurs Association graduation dinner.
Guest speaker for BMC


1999

Represented K-Swiss in a television commerci
al

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Above- The final sprint in Erin's Gold medal World Cup ride in the 20km points race in Aguascalientes, Mexico- 2004.  Photo by Casey B. Gibson.
Erin receives Gold Medal in the points race at the 2004 Mexico World Cup. 
Photo by Casey B. Gibson
Stage 2 of Pomona Valley Stage Race 2004
Photo by Casey B. Gibson
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Olympic Points Race photo-Casey Gibson
"Life is a grindstone, and whether it grinds you down or polishes you up is for you and you alone to decide."
                                                           
                                            -Cavett Robert-

  Gracie Goat's Big Bike Race


         
Story by Erin Mirabella
       
Illustrations by Lisa Horstman

     Gracie Goat doesn't know what to do.  She told her friends that she would join them in a bike race, but there's a problem: she doesn't know how to ride a bike and she's afraid to learn. 
      With her grandmother's help, Gracie discovers that everyone is scared of something, even her grandma.  Together, they overcome their fears and learn that they have everything to gain by trying.
      Join Gracie and the rest of the Barnsville kids as they learn the values of teamwork and confidence.  And watch for other books in the Barnsville Sports Squad Series.

Gracie Goat's Big Bike Race
includes a non-fiction section All About Cycling, and a Fitness Fact about the importance of hydration.

The Barnsville Sports Squad Series is for ages 5 and up.  It's great for beginning readers!

Gracie Goat's Big Bike Race
Also Available At:
velogear.com, amazon.com, barnesandnoble.com, borders.com, The Olympic Training Centers and select book stores and bike shops.
"This is the day which the LORD hath made; we shall rejoice and be glad in it."

                       -Psalm 118:24 KJV
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Barnsville Sports Squad Trivia

Shawn Sheep The Soccer Star

        
Story by Erin Mirabella
         Illustrations by Sarah Davis

    Shawn Sheep wants to be just like his favorite professional soccer player, Paul The Peacock.  He copies everything he does, right down to his peacock power dance. 
    Shawn is the best soccer player on the Barnsville Sports Squad Team.  He can dribble upfield and down.  He can shoot from the corner and catch the edge of the net.  He can pass, he can kick, and most of all he can score goals better than anybody else.
     But when Shawn's confidence turns into cockiness, he irks his teammates and makes some mistakes that could cost them the game.
     After a very disappointing run in with his hero, Paul The Peacock, Shawn realizes he has a lot to learn about being a good team player.

  
Take a look inside the book!

Shawn Sheep The Soccer Star includes a non-fiction sction All About Soccer, and a Fitness Fact about nutrition.

The Barnsville Sports Squad Series is for ages 5 and up.  It's great for beginning readers!
Shawn Sheep the Soccer Star
Also Available At:
velogear.com, amazon.com, barnesandnoble.com, borders.com, The Olympic Training Centers and select stores.
You can now purchase a personalized and autographed copy of
Gracie Goat's Big Bike Race and Shawn Sheep The Soccer Star.
CLICK HERE TO ORDER
The 2004 Olympic Bronze Medal Story