Missy Giove and Mary Grigson Announced Their Retirement

Aug 21, 2003
by Luc 'Acadian' Albert  
Mountain-bike racing lost two of its greats last weekend in Durango when Mary Grigson and Missy Giove announced their retirement from full-time racing.Giove had already taken a big step back this year, skipping all the World Cups and contesting just three of five NORBA stops. She'll also be a no show come September's world championships. Next season the legendary downhiller says she may "show up unannounced at a race or two," but for the most part she'll be focusing her energy elsewhere.

"I want to promote the sport in some different ways," Giove told VeloNews. "I'll still be on the bike a lot, but I'm going to be doing more freeride and dirt jump kind of stuff."

Giove has recently moved from San Diego to Santa Fe, New Mexico and was seen sporting an Angel Fire Resort hat in Durango. Angel Fire, located in northern New Mexico, was the only U.S. venue to submit a bid for a World Cup in 2004, and is a solid bet to be on the final schedule.

As for Grigson, she'll be turning he energies to reviving a nursing career that began back in the days before she was a professional cyclist. Originally from New Zealand, Grigson was a registered nurse there and worked in a blood bank.

"I'm ready to revive it now," explained Grigson. "I still enjoy riding and I'll probably always be a weekend warrior. But I don't want to dedicate all my time to it anymore. I want something else in my life."

Grigson is also looking forward to her upcoming marriage to longtime Trek marketing man Scott Daubert, who is the company's main liaison with the U.S. Postal Service team.

Unlike Giove, Grigson is planning to be at this year's world championships, where she'll compete for the Australian national team.

Through the years Giove and Grigson have compiled some amazing statistics. Giove, who was one of mountain-bike racing's first mainstream female superstars (Remember those Reebok ads?), is the all-time leader in NORBA downhill wins with 14 and is second on the World Cup list with 11. Giove's other accomplishments include three overall NORBA downhill crowns, two World Cup overalls, and the 1994 world championship title.

Beyond the numbers, though, the native New Yorker who made her home in Durango for most of the '90s, will be remembered as one of the sport's most engaging characters. At varying times she raced with a dead piranha as a necklace, sprinkled the ashes of her dead dog in her bra, and was always a great interview with her hallmark four-letter-word laced, rat-a-tat style.

In recent years, Giove also became the poster child for the dangers on downhill racing, after she suffered multiple concussions that had many saying she should have retired a long time ago.

Grigson's prime came during the 2000 and 2001 NORBA seasons, when she dominated the women's cross-country circuit, winning seven of 10 races and both overall titles. She also won a pair of World Cup races and raced in two Olympics.

News Source: velonews.com

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 retiring to grow weed!! haha

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