The fast life and high times of Missy “The Missile” Giove

Champion Mountain Biker Turned Drug Smuggler

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Missy “The Missile” Giove

Missy “The Missile” Giove captured numerous race wins, including the 1994 world championship.

Missy “The Missile” Giove was among mountain bike racing’s first gravity racing super stars. After breaking into the scene in the 1990s, Giove became known for her high-intensity riding style and outspoken personality. Her pedal-to-the mettle attitude did not always result in the safest rides, however, and Giove suffered several injuries throughout her career, eventually causing her to put down the bike.

Missy “The Missile” Giove

Today, Giove is in a far more reflective place in life.

With mounting medical bills and few other options for income after her career drew to a close, Giove sought a new form of adrenaline rush by smuggling millions of dollars worth of marijuana across the country. But a DEA operation brought Giove head to head with law enforcement in 2009, and she faced up to 40 years in jail. Nearly 10 years later, Vice Sports catches up with the daredevil to learn more about her life of high stakes racing. [Note: Some adult language.]

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