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Cyclist Mirabella returns bronze from Athens games

10/30/2005

LA HABRA, Calif. -- All in one day, Olympic cyclist Erin
Mirabella lost her bronze medal and became a children's author.

Mirabella returned her bronze medal from the Athens Games on
Friday -- the same day she signed a contract for her first
children's book. She said it will be released next year.

"Both of those are firsts for me, and I think it is kind of
ironic that they happened on the same day," said Mirabella, who
plans to write a series of children's books. "When one door
closes, another door opens."

Mirabella had to send her medal back because the International
Olympic Committee reinstated Colombia's Maria Luisa Calle as the
bronze winner in the track points race. Calle was awarded the
bronze originally, then stripped of it after testing positive for a
banned stimulant. That result was overturned on appeal.

"This process has definitely taught me some patience,"
Mirabella said.