Video: Missy Giove - The Champion Mountain Biker Turned Drug Smuggler

Nov 20, 2018
by Sarah Moore  

VICE Sports meets legendary mountain biker Missy Giove to learn how a downhill champ ended up hunted by the DEA for her role in a multimillion-dollar drug smuggling operation.

Video from VICE Sports.


353 Comments

  • 335 7
 You have to make money for this hobby somehow .....
  • 96 21
 I heard Randy is in jail now too
  • 62 4
 How it must've went down...

DEA agent: "So, what's your bike weight?"

American mtb'er: "Right around 15 keys."

DEA agent: "You're under arrest."
  • 3 13
flag charmiller (Nov 20, 2018 at 11:26) (Below Threshold)
 @Mattin: Na Randy is at Bailey too.
  • 153 4
 @MTBrent: hahahaha, thank you.

Missy Giove is the greatest US downhiller of all time. Her returning to race at Windham after 12 years of retirement and ending up in 16th wearing jeans and sending that big road gap was the greatest thing to watch. I hope her wife recovers and they spend plenty of time together.
  • 37 41
flag WAKIdesigns (Nov 20, 2018 at 11:42) (Below Threshold)
 Randy got caught smuggling 16 tons of whoopass,
  • 28 14
 Someone send Randy some soap on a rope. #SendittoRandy
  • 3 0
 That s*** got me as high as a missile
  • 7 1
 @scott-townes: she borrowed that bike too
  • 49 1
 @scott-townes: Here's a photo i took of her that day:
www.pinkbike.com/photo/13004496
  • 4 0
 @witzode: great photo
  • 3 0
 @witzode: That was a great weekend. Bonus getting to se Missy there. I was at the finish when she crossed and she got a hero's welcome.
  • 4 0
 @scott-townes:: When I found lthe love off 2 wheels I followed her along with Ned Overend and the rest of my heros and she never let me down. I think I learned to just "GIVER" and forget it all.... to actually go beyond and still walk away. When she won all those events most riders did end overs as part of the race and only half the racers seemed to have the skill set to Down Hill Mountain Bike. f*ck the bad boys she was the real deal on 2 wheels.
  • 1 0
 @scott-townes: Totally agree with you. Watching her race again was great.
  • 1 2
 @Mattin: he’s the warden
  • 2 0
 YT, sponsor her already!
  • 2 0
 @scott-townes: Missy was always very cool to me and possibly the kindest most sincere and intense person I have ever known, Sending lots of love to her and her wife, praying for remission and healing!
  • 1 0
 @yetisledder: kudos to you sir. She is a LEGEND and will be forever.
  • 145 4
 Now I just pay Canada Post to send me my weed...
  • 13 1
 Do they ship internationally?
  • 13 5
 8$ shipping is robbery!
  • 16 1
 And it will come when they are done being on strike.
  • 3 0
 @frenchfriedfun: Does Missy work for Canada Post?
  • 2 1
 @frenchfriedfun: ...not when its canadian dollars Big Grin
  • 1 0
 Just have to order more than 150 bucks at a time and its free shipping so you don't have to pay CP anything Smile
  • 1 0
 @VPS13: Ya, but in the drug world, gotta keep your middle men happy... don't have to watch your back as much.. ;-)
  • 153 23
 End the War on Drugs. Not only is it a violation on individual liberty, it is a lost war.
  • 27 2
 Someone needs to make a meme of Ronald Reagan standing on an aircraft carrier with stacks of pot and a banner than reads 'Mission Accomplished'
  • 12 4
 End The War on Errorism.
  • 3 1
 You mean cocain!@Klainmeister:
  • 19 43
flag conoat (Nov 20, 2018 at 12:52) (Below Threshold)
 individual liberty has been dead since Clinton.....
  • 9 8
 @conoat: I think you mean Nancy Reagan.
  • 42 58
flag SlodownU (Nov 20, 2018 at 13:31) (Below Threshold)
 Right. Make, meth, coke, and heroin legal because that will end well. Expand the individual right to be a dumb-ass.
  • 26 11
 @SlodownU: Crime went down when other countries did it. Just saying they might be onto something.
  • 21 30
flag mkotowski1 (Nov 20, 2018 at 13:50) (Below Threshold)
 @SlodownU: anyone can buy a gun but we shouldn’t be able to buy drugs?

Hmmm what is better at killing people besides the user?
  • 15 6
 @mkotowski1:
And then combine them? That seem to be working very well for you over there.
  • 15 6
 @SlodownU: hey man if you want to be a dumb-ass, you should have the freedom to do so - its your life
  • 4 2
 @DarrenV: exactly lol
  • 18 7
 @Pataldo: I was just pointing out how paradoxical it is we can buy assault rifles but not drugs
  • 24 43
flag mpcremata (Nov 20, 2018 at 16:32) (Below Threshold)
 @mkotowski1: I can't use a joint to protect myself from a tyrannical government.
  • 17 3
 @mpcremata: but you may be able to use it to keep from becoming reliant on overpriced pharmaceuticals the government has “approved” for sale
  • 4 3
 @mpcremata: o and I like guns as well
  • 30 5
 @mkotowski1: "I want gay married couples to be able to protect their marijuana plants with guns."
  • 21 7
 @mpcremata: and for you to protect your suburban home from non existent threats
  • 4 25
flag mpcremata (Nov 20, 2018 at 16:56) (Below Threshold)
 @mkotowski1: let me guess, never been mugged?
  • 13 5
 @mpcremata: like I said I love guns, you can’t seem to grasp that I believe drugs and guns can both be used responsibly and instead prefer to reference gays? Cool bro I see you would be fun to hang out with
  • 9 9
 @mkotowski1: Well this got out of hand. I just like the quote. Not sure how it could be construed as homophobic, which seems to be what you're implying. I thought we were having some fun banter, my apologies if I offended you. Ride on, brotha!
  • 6 6
 If you own yourself, you own your ability for self medication and self defense.
  • 4 6
 Watching the video, it seems like she would have run anything for money at the time. Not saying that weed should be illegal (less societal impacts than booze) but she may have run something harder to make ends meet. Not sure that I wanna see PCP or crazy clown epidemics again.
  • 5 1
 @SlodownU: and ban alcohol and tobbaco
  • 1 10
flag endlessblockades (Nov 20, 2018 at 23:39) (Below Threshold)
 @schlockinz: WTF you know about her -or- drugs in general?Next to nothing beyond Advil I’d guess. Prove me wrong or STFU.
  • 11 1
 @endlessblockades: not saying that the war on drugs is wrong or right, but there are rules and judging from the information that I saw in the video, that was my take. She needed to make ends and that was a way to make ends meet. You can hate someone for having that thought or not, makes no difference to me. Had she been born a few years later, she may have had more wins than Rachel Atherton. She is an amazing rider and has more gonads than me on a bike from the videos that I have seen. Some people make mistakes, and some of them get caught. I'm not a judge nor am I a jury of peers.

And as far as the impact and what I know as far as drugs go, #firstresponders, I've seen a lot of shit.
  • 3 0
 So, congratulations to drugs for winning that one.
  • 2 1
 @mpcremata: no usually running is the only proven solution to a tyrannical government. Just saying that was we learnt in history lessons.
  • 2 1
 @DarrenV: If there are state services, police, healthcare, whatever then ‘your life’ becomes someone elses problem
  • 3 2
 Over 72,000 people in the US died from drug overdoses in 2017. This number is on the rise. The five year average of people being killed by guns is around 35000 a year.
  • 5 1
 @Keit: @Keit: I guess your history lessons didn't include the American Revolutionary War? Your studies were obviously limited to unarmed populations. Tyranny doesn't usually make it far in an armed society.
  • 5 0
 @Bikethrasher: Not a single drug death tied directly to use of MJ. However, many twinkies and pizza were killed in the name of MJ. Big Grin
  • 2 0
 @Bikethrasher: yeah but how many of those OD's were from POT...??? and most likely many of those killed by guns had to do with "the war on drugs"
  • 3 3
 @Bikethrasher: yeah but people who overdose basically kill themselves whereas gun deaths are people killing other people!
  • 1 0
 @SlodownU: aye but if you make it legel you can regulate who buys make sure there18, and just cause its legel most people know to stay away from the hard shit so why not make money for the country for yhe idoits who take it, aye fair dos you could buy it of some1 who's bought legal,
  • 4 3
 @Bikethrasher: The world is massively over populated and it is literally destroying the planet. Let the people kill themselves if that's what they want, at least they are having fun on the way out.
  • 4 2
 I don't know why my comment about self defense is downvoted. After the genocides and wars of the 20th century, how can anyone take the position that a person shouldn't be able to defend themselves, especially when defense bans require violence and force to enforce?
  • 2 1
 @hamncheez: I up voted you and agree with your logic. That said, many folks find self defense reprehensible. Not sure how or why.
  • 1 2
 @Bikethrasher: oh, well I that case, maybe we need more guns? Do those figures somehow justify gun violence?
  • 3 2
 @mpcremata: the American revultionary war was part of my education. It's result was not only attributed to an armed society nor is it exemplary. Running is still the best option and what is greatly responsible for shaping the US. Take your guns and stick em where the sun don't shine son.
  • 3 0
 Just posted some facts take them however you like.
  • 3 0
 @mkotowski. Unfortunately you are wrong. Over 50% of gun deaths in the US are suicide related. The true sucks I know.
  • 1 2
 @ReformedRoadie: I don’t think everyone should own a gun. Nore do I condone self medication. Because people will be people. We are our own worst enemy.
  • 1 0
 @Bikethrasher: so does anything of what you just said apply to people in government, or only people out of government, the rest of us?
  • 2 0
 @hamncheez: Our government sees Marijuana as a new revenue stream. But they are still not sure of the consequences of making its use a free for all. People here are mixed on the subject some love the all access others think it should have stayed as medical use only? But from a tax revenue standpoint all access makes way more sense to government types. At the end of the day it’s all about the money........ So you say what’s the big deal then. I agree that it seems to be no more dangerous than alcohol or smoking. New research being done here in Colorado will hopefully shed some truth on its actual effects good and bad. The government is stoked on the added tax revenue that’s coming in even if it’s uncertain how long it might last. Lots of people are stoked they can get weed as easily as they can get a Starbucks. Is it all rainbows and lollipops? Time will tell. If you want to see the future talk to someone from Amsterdam that doesn’t have a drug problem. They will tell you about ‘Empty Shells’ and a rise in mental health issues.
Apparently there isn’t much money in mental health because our government pretty much denies it’s as big of a problem as it is. Roughly 7 out of 10 people have anxiety issues in the US. Therein lies the reason I don’t believe everyone should own a gun. Because a lot of our population isn’t stable enough to. Very touchy subject indeed one of which I will avoid. It is something that needs to be taken more seriously.
Gun ownership is a right and a privilege here in the US. The citizens of this country have every bit a right to keep and bear arms as our government! Those who are willing and capable definitely should own a gun. As it is our duty as Americans to defend our selves, families, friends, and country til the bitter end. We the people are the militia. Benjamin Franklin
Every child should be taught gun safety.
  • 2 0
 @Bikethrasher: All good, now if you could please stop calling it marijuana some of us would be grateful. That word is Mexican slang for cannabis and it was popularised by the American government as a way of demonising the plant by adding cultural taboos.
  • 2 1
 @Bikethrasher: 2018. The militia Thing was due to the fact the country was still forming from colonies and vulnerable...not really the case anymore. Plus AR-15s weren’t really on the founding fathers radar.

It sounds like you’re advocating sensible gun laws on one hand, but then supporting the NRA in the other.
  • 103 1
 Not sure what is more insane, how narrow those bars are or hiking with a cat.
  • 1 3
 Haha! Exactly what I was thinking.
  • 7 2
 The bars were normal then but being a crazy cat lady means you're always crazy. Ha ha.
  • 1 7
flag endlessblockades (Nov 20, 2018 at 23:41) (Below Threshold)
 @drummuy04: #dislike
  • 1 1
 Nothing crazier than the guy who went into my pitbull infested house to find his pussy last night. He's like "...okay.., may I look around, may be he's hiding in the bushes there...?" Nuts...
  • 3 0
 Trail Kitty. Not unusual at all. Had a Burmese boy who would walk free with myself through the forest. He would scream when he was having a toilet stop and he enjoyed just coming along for the walk. Missy, a remarkable woman and rider. Wish her and her partner the best.
  • 4 0
 @gnarterrorist: Did the Burmese boy have a cat?
  • 84 8
 This is one of my dearest friends and she is a amazing human being full of love and sucked into America's fake war on drugs. We WILL see her in the industry again soon enough.
  • 21 1
 Until a few months ago, it was Canada's war as well. The war on drugs is global. Little by little at least pot/weed is shedding it's undeserved label as a schedule 1 drug. Several states in the US have legalized it. Only a matter of time (just like when prohibition was lifted) till most, if not all, states do the same. Countries like Canada and a few others finally realized the money pit and waste of resources their battle with weed was and have legalized it across the country. Times are changing for sure
  • 23 0
 CIA doesnt like competition.
  • 15 12
 @bman33: The US forced the War on Drugs on the rest of the world so it's really not fair to call it anybody's war but the US.
  • 32 3
 Before we call it the fake war on drugs lets distinguish between Weed and worse drugs. Weed may seem pointless, but heroin, fentanyl, meth, scripts and even coke are killing people.
  • 21 15
 @nocker: Basically the pharmaceutical companies are the dealers and doctors the pushers. And they are the only ones who can afford $15k carbon bikes.
  • 5 1
 @fruitsd79: Totally agree with pharmaceutical companies. There are many doctors out there that see the problem though. Some are pushing it. bad apples in every job.....
  • 26 5
 @nocker: the war on drugs is not to blame for the situation either. The decisions a person makes is entirely their own doing regardless of the reason. If had been legal then the financial opportunity likely would have been in some other illegal scheme.
  • 4 5
 @TheUnknownMTBR: I hear you. I agree but you also have the situation where someone is taking pain meds for an operation that have been over prescribed to them. Once they are off of them they look for something for that pain... more often than not, it's heroin. One time is all it takes for you to become a heroin addict and your life is over. Now with fentanyl mixed in, kills people instantly. Everyone is unique in their levels of addiction too. A lot of times it's hereditary. It's awful either way. Marijuana, in whatever form, for pain in the place of prescription pills isn't a bad idea either. I know that legal or not, the financial opportunity, especially for the worse drugs, will always be there.
  • 50 3
 Oh come on...

Look, she seems like a cool person, and I'm about as liberal as you can get when it comes to drug policy, but she did not get "sucked into" anything. When you're involved in a multimillion dollar distribution scheme, personally transporting hundreds of pounds of drugs, that's a choice. Actually, more like a series of choices.

There are a lot of people who can be fairly said to have gotten "sucked into America's fake war on drugs," but Missy is absolutely NOT one of them.

I do wish her all the best, though, and hope to see her in the industry again soon.
  • 43 2
 @fruitsd79: Ludicrous comment. There are some physicians who are drug pushers, but 99.999% have the patient's best interest in mind. And we can afford bikes because we went to 4 years of college, 4 years of med school, and 3-7 (7 in my case) years of residency working 80+ hours for the last 11 years of that...

Pharma companies are for profit. While I disagree strongly with the ethics behind many of them, not sure they are "dealers." They make drugs that save many, many lives, though they do so in an unethical manner frequently.
  • 8 3
 @mfmediocremtb: Thank you for the logical response. I hope you enjoy and shred whatever 'dentist bike' you can rightfully afford. Cheers!
  • 7 0
 @nocker: and sugar, don't forget the sugar.
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 @mpcremata: oh man maybe I confused things. Drug users are completely different than drug dealers. Dealers don’t get pushed into anything that’s a choice. Easy money vs. having to get a real job. Hate dealers but do have sympathy for users with addictions. That’s said, Missy deserved a second chance and I’m glad she’s doing something positive.
  • 2 7
flag dennyg1968 (Nov 20, 2018 at 17:40) (Below Threshold)
 Yess! The industry NEEDS Missy Giove!!!
  • 3 1
 @akcuban i have a picture i took of her from the Windham world cup if you can show her:

www.pinkbike.com/photo/13004496
  • 2 1
 @nocker: yet the DEA classifies coke fentanyl and meth as schedule II while weed is in schedule I alongside heroin and bath salts
  • 3 5
 You make a nice comment about Missy and Pinkbikers instantly take it a war on drugs! How the fu** does that happen?
  • 5 1
 @Karpiel073: unfortunately the comment also stated she was “sucked into America's fake war on drugs”.

It happens because the commenter specifically took it there by also making an unnecessary, erroneous statement. My own comment makes no judgement on the decision, but rather only points out who was factually responsible for it. At the trial the lawyer claimed that head injuries forced retirement and then subsequent medical issues resulting from same created a difficult financial status. I can certainly empathize with and appreciate the situation. $30,000 for driving a trailer would be a strong temptation for anyone in that predicament, but the risk was well known going into it. What was in the trailer is irrelevant. It could have just as easily been undocumented immigrants, counterfeit goods or money, stolen property, etc..

We all make mistakes. Sometimes we up paying dearly for them, which fortunately in this instance didn’t end up being sent away to a federal prison for a long sabbatical. Hopefully we can all learn from them too, not repeat them, and recover without any long term damage. Peace, out.
  • 1 0
 @witzode: will do. Thnxs
  • 4 0
 What this story fails to mention is she was as always, doing for others because of a dire situation that a loved one was in that I will not disclose details, and as usual she does for others at her expense. She's never whined about doing time or being busted and I just feel that the war on weed is fake af and always was, she knew dam well what the risks were and never has she bitched. My point was she will be back in industry as she is everything that is good about Mtb and human nature regardless of what happened to her with weed.
  • 1 0
 I hope so this chick is rad!
  • 1 0
 @akcuban: Very well said.
  • 3 7
flag jfour (Nov 21, 2018 at 12:25) (Below Threshold)
 I love how she’s portrayed as this martyr for standing up for a cause. Complete bs. She wasn’t growing a couple of weeds in her backyard, she was involved in organized crime. Somewhere between psychopathy and antisocial behavioral disorder. Enjoy the ride into the abyss.
  • 4 0
 I'll start by saying a few things. I think weed should be legal, I think Missy is rad, and I hope she gets a second chance in the industry and that we see her more.

But with that said its hard to see her as being some kind of victim that got sucked into the fake war on drugs. You can't act as though she would not have gotten trouble if weed was legal. If weed was legal the people shipping it would just put it on a pallet, load it onto a tractor trailer, and ship it across the country the same way everything else is, at a fraction of the cost. The opportunity only existed because weed was illegal.

The real victims of the useless war on drugs are the people (a vastly disproportionate amount being minorities) who are rotting away in prison for years over what amount to minor possession charges from personal use, due to the ridiculous mandatory minimum sentences.
  • 1 0
 @sino428: agree she didn’t get sucked into anything. She chose. And to transport that bulk across the country she was more than just a poor sucker they used to do the dirty work. Minorities that get stuck doing time for small misdemeanor drug crimes is a problem. The issue is social class. The old guy with a drug habit that was arrested for ten dollars worth of drugs gets more time than the career drug dealer with a violent history. This is due to the attorneys they can afford. Users get public defenders and usually have no money for an expensive attorney. Drug dealers have money for the best attorneys that play golf with the judges and hence a lighter sentence. Legal weed debatable. Quietly legal I would say. I wish we weren’t making such a stink about it and authorities would ignore it quietly. Promoting it constantly doesn’t send a good message to kids. That said, who cares about the guy who comes home from work and decides he wants to smoke weed.
  • 55 3
 Missy Giove was and always will be a hero of mountain biking. Everyone says Shaun Palmer made mountain biking cool but she was the one who did! A great champion and a great personality. Yes she took the wrong path in life but she is far from the only one. Looks like she has turned her life around but it's such a shame for her and her wife with illness. Also, have to say she looks better with age. Wish them both all the best.
  • 12 0
 She is rad, we've got to hang out with her on multiple occasions. She can still ride the rental bikes pretty well over at Snowshoe too!
  • 5 0
 @mtbmaniatv: Yep (except she was on a YT when I saw her). I got to share a few lifts and runs with her at Snowshoe a couple summers ago. An awesome experience that I'll never forget.
  • 29 0
 @Mavic101: Yeah Cam Zink hooked it up for her! She said he never asked for it back so she kept it lol.
  • 7 0
 Growing up riding a Cannondale Super-V 1000 in the mid-late 90's, there was Missy, Cadel, Lopes, and Tinker. UI didn't learn about Shaun Palmer until many years later when my interest shifted more DH. No disrespect at all to him, he's awesome. Just my experience then. Glad Missy is doing well, and it was good to see Zapata too!
  • 10 2
 @wasea04: Um Tomac was kind of a big deal too and that kid Overend .My first MTB was a 95 Dale SM800 can't believe I rode Moab twice on that thing. It survived the Portal trail, drunk on cinnamon schnapps.
  • 1 1
 @mtbmaniatv: weird that you would have to ask to have your bike returned.
  • 31 1
 I was a young teen boy who only just migrated from the BMX world to MTB world when Missy first blew up. She among a handful of others of that time had such a heavy impact on me as a rider and as the type of personality I was developing into at that age.

The door to a world of MTB other than XC and spandex opened up to me. The world of DH and ultimately Freeride and that 90s punk, go f*cking big or go the f*ck home attitude. To which I still live my life by in a majority of ways. Albeit slightly stiffer and wiser than my youthful years but still giving it hard as f*ck. I had Missy posters on my wall and tried to ripp like her. I've followed her career ever since.

To hear about this chapter in her life isn't surprising. Sounds like she took her licks like a champ. Shame with the current trend to a less conservative view towards Cannabis that this even happened at all. Either way I'm still a fan of Missy and am thankful for her influence on me growing up. I hope that she and her wife beat the current struggle they face and enjoy their love of one another for many years to come.

Thanks Missy

Signed: a boy who wanted to ride like a girl.
  • 31 0
 Missy rocks, nobody else can pull off a dead pet piranha necklace like she can!
  • 4 0
 They don't call her: Missy the Missile for nothing.
  • 26 0
 literally made my fucking day. incredible story. heartbreaking to hear about her wife. just heartbreaking.
  • 20 0
 Zapita Espinoza - He was editor on MTB Mag before Cunningham was - His editorials were funny as hell - especially his replies to Q & A. I guess I'm old enough to remember. Hope all works out for Missy and her wife beats cancer.
  • 2 1
 He was also a Norba Sport class DH racer
  • 21 2
 How bad ass must it be to know that you're about to get popped but instead of running you roll up a fatty and cheef it... SHE BADDER THAN EL CHAPO
  • 17 3
 And now it's basically legal all over the country so now take those efforts and go chase big pharma pushing opioids. Instead of your shady local neighborhood dealer on the corner, today you have men in lab coats and 3-peice suits selling people real drugs on a scale that makes this look like childs play.
  • 18 1
 This is fake News mountain bikers would never smoke weed or be associated with it.
  • 15 1
 Before Boost, before Ebikes, before 650b and fuck knows what else, there was Missy and the sport of mountain biking I love. I miss those times.
  • 37 26
 Is it just me who heard "I wasn't rich enough, so I thought I would break the law and start smuggling a gate-way drug just to make more money"? Just checking, because the way the rest of you are carrying on, it sounds like this is some great redemption story - I didn't hear any redemption either btw.

You'll probably be wanting the red button on the far right ...
  • 8 2
 So my gut instinct is to agree with your statement about the image of a superstar athlete who pissed it all away. But in Missy’s trial her lawyer cited numerous head injuries as to why she retired. So now knowing what we do about CTE I wonder how that may come into play in regards to her decision making at that time.
  • 28 7
 gateway drug, lol..... Seriously?
  • 7 10
 Yep, just you.
  • 13 0
 weed is a gateway drug to the bk drive thru.
  • 3 5
 weed IS a gateway drug but, people confuse that with stepping stone drug....... which pretty much fkcng anything can be look it up
  • 8 0
 I met Missy and her wife a few years ago at Sea Otter and she was a blast to be with. We talked a bit about meeting up to ride somewhere in the future, but that hasn't happened yet. She's an amazing individual that I wish this sport had more of. She even opened up her Troy Lee bag and gave me her last Corona! I wish her and her wife nothing but the best.
  • 11 1
 Ah, my favourite oft-overlooked cliche:

"You go big, or... you know... you don't go!"
  • 6 0
 She was an epic racer, ambassador to not only the sport as a whole, but to other women. I was lucky enough to be able to spend quite a bit of time with her, Myles and Tinker back in the cannondale days. She was a lively comical person. This was soooo long ago at this point....let it go.
  • 2 0
 Tinker is still at it on Cannondale, has to be something like 20 years now.
  • 6 0
 Ohhh I love a lot of the vice sports coverage- excited to see them covering some biking stories. They do such a good job of talking about the human side of sports and making it accessible for people who might not be super familiar or 'in the scene' to find value in the coverage and stories. Hopeful that Missy and her wife get to spend a lot longer together - can't imagine how tough that must be to go through.

Also, I kind of want Missy and her wife and their tribe of fluffy animals to adopt me?
  • 9 0
 Transition please,give her a bike. 1 nice Smuggler for her will be awesome Big Grin
  • 5 0
 So the consensus would suggest a lot of support for Missy.... and rightly so ! It's perhaps lost in these modern times, characters are rare, 'Ratboy' maybe could be cited, and i think this definitely added to his popularity... we need more Missy's to bring the 'less ordinary' to the sport....
  • 5 0
 Listen Kids, If you are into Mt. Biking today then thank this woman because she was the sports biggest star for a few years in the 90's when this sport needed one to help it to take off. You may not have what you have today if it was not for Missy back then. Thanks Missy for some awesome memories.
  • 13 7
 Pinkbike should change the demeaning title to "Plant Distributer" instead of "Drug Smuggler". It's not like she's transporting meth.
  • 6 0
 Wow! That was a terribly sad 13 minutes. I wish her a more beautiful life from here out. With so much loss she deserves some good days. Best wishes to you Missy.
  • 5 0
 Such a Rad fucking chick..... she made the gimmick filled and hollow 90's worth suffering through. So sorry to hear about her wife, positive vibes and best wishes for a full recovery. Thanks Missle.
  • 6 0
 She kinda looks like Ratboy’s older sister. Plus Cannondale,
plus weed, tons of style etc.
All the best for her and her wifey.
  • 4 0
 Great story. I remember back in the day watching Missy, Myles Rockwell, Tomac, Lopes, and the rest of the maniacs bombing down the Kamikaze on what would be considered XC bikes nowadays. Pure badassery. Wishing her and her wife the best in the future. Long live the missile!
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 Yeah, remember the first judh DH that was 80mm!?!? And the first double crown fork was, I think, a 100mm boxxer? I really don't know what the geometry looked like as I was about 10 years old but pretty sure that would be about a trail bike geo with xc travel nowadays!! Sure they were not riding as fast as today but still, doing all those races with a bike like this was and is even crazier thinking about it now!!!
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 @Timo82: at least on the Kamikaze the fast kids were touching 60mph/100kph. Granted it was on basically non-technical terrain but going that speed with 75mm of travel on your Tioga Psycho 1.95s was not for the faint of heart.
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 @DrPete: haha yeah Kamikaze was crazy shit!!!
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 @Timo82:After the Judy DH the double crown was the DHO (Downhill Only). Then came the Boxxer.
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 @EastCoastDHer: Thanks! Don't even remember that name... lol
  • 8 1
 Great Video. Easy to like missy. Good luck to her and her wife
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 Sorry. Wrong button.
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 Really good. Huge Missy fan from back in the print mtn bike magazine days.
  • 4 0
 Was so excited to see her back at some DH worldcup in the US a while ago. She was still making impressive times. She can come to enduro maybe, I think I can find her some sponsorship :-)
  • 5 0
 I rode her Yeti at the worlds in ‘93. She was sitting outside the bar the night before raceday smokin’ weed with Rockwell, haha!!
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 Kristin, her wife, seems lovely; if you'd have asked me to imagine what Missy's wife would be like I'd have never have imagined how "normal" she seems. I'd have expected tattoos, dreadlocks etc. too - opposites attract I guess.

I hope she kicks cancer's butt.
  • 5 0
 That was heavy. Well done Vice Sports and man did the mold get broken after Missy........unforgettable.
  • 3 0
 Interesting vid, nice to learn another side of her personality. I always sort of took her for a female Palmer, all like, bro, like, ya man... another lesson in judgement an book covers.
  • 5 1
 What a great HUMAN she is ,with all her stupid mistakes,in the end she is just beautiful and yes a tough motherfucker ,but one off a kind a different breed,enjoy the rest.
  • 6 1
 Hard charger and real character, big fan here.
  • 9 8
 The raw beauty of the sport of mountain biking is captured through Missy. I miss that . Far too commercial these days. She didn't smuggle drugs it was Cannabis it's a medicine. She will always be one of my favourite icons to the sport and life style of mountain biking.
  • 3 1
 Missy created the right vibe when f*cking dorks and dads only rode mtb. She has the true soul of mtb. Not like 99% of the f*cking kooks that live the Pinkbike life that only know full suss and 1X
  • 1 0
 I had a great time getting to know Missy in va beach. Her and I think her son would come to Chesapeake skate park and I'd show him how to skate. One of the greatest and nicest people I have ever meant in the industry! Keep riding and Cheers
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 I met her in Durango Colorado at NORBA nationals in, I think, 2003. The only word I can use is Vibrant. Intense, but without animosity. She was never racing anyone else. She was competing with herself. If course she wasn't caught with a kilo, but a truckload. I wouldn't have believed it any other way. Missy, if you read this, I wish your wife the best of luck, and know that everyone you ever raced with or for has intense respect for you. Still.
  • 1 0
 Screw that government agent.

"Miranda Warnings" No. Wrong.
Miranda warnings don't even exist.

Miranda RIGHTS do exist. As in US police must read you what rights you have upon arresting you. Its the law. Just like police must physically have a copy of said arrest warrant. No warrant = Unlawful/illegal detention.
  • 4 0
 As Dog the Bounty Hunter would say, "Stay away from da ice bruddah".
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 Perfect example of wasting tax money, all the time and effort put in to fighting a plant!! WOW!!
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 What's more, one could even make the argument that early criminalization and the DEA actually helped the MX cartels a great deal to become what they are nowadays. The Sinaloans, the ones who actually formed the first Mexican cartel, were weed producers and distributors for the US for a long time before they got in involved with the Colombians (Cali, Medellin, etc.), which only happened because Reagan closed the sea corridors of the Caribic with the help of the DEA. Criminalization of substances is a form of price control in itself, very few people seem to understand that. Once you control the prices, you can start make money off of it and spread the margins, that's capitali$m for ya, doesn't matter if you're a narco or some schmuck from Wall St. Smile
As for MTB history, I'd recommend "Klunkers" to anyone, MTB's roots are in counter-culture, and yes, weed played a role....!
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 @countzero1101: your assessment is interesting but I wouldn’t say the DEA helped the cartels. That comment is ridiculous. The cartels have pushed cocaine for years which ultimately made them rich. Hence the cocaine and violence surge in the 80s. Weed wasn’t a factor but yes they did still make money from it. It’s funny, everyone thinks the cartels won’t have a hand in weed once it’s legal. That’s BS. This is where controlling the prices comes in. With weed prices and taxes, capitalism for ya, it will still be sold by cartels. But, since it won’t be the bulk of their wealth, they will produce more cocaine, meth and heroin than ever and push it over the border. Open borders too right?
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 @nocker: You DO know Frank Lucas used the US Military to smuggle cocaine from Asia to the US.....riiiight?!
  • 3 2
 Missy was one of the key personalities that made mountain biking interesting back in that era, but like freestyle motocross, these athletes are "all in" and then left with nothing.
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 Missy was and is an idol of mine. Heartbroken to hear about Kristen's illness, hope you two can enjoy your time to the fullest! Your cat is totally adorable :-)
  • 3 0
 Some life she's had, all the best for her wife, been through all that but thankfully it wasn't terminal
  • 3 0
 Nothing wrong with a good trail cat. My old cheetah can still hit 40mph on the climbs.
  • 4 0
 Moral of the story, don't bury your gold all in one spot.
  • 4 1
 He didn;t...shhhhhhhh
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 Missy- I miss you and pray for your wife. You were probably the hardest working most committed athlete I've ever worked with and I value our time and friendship. I love your missile!
  • 2 2
 Haha dope vid 20+ years later now that smuggling marijuana is somewhat irrelevant. 90% of pinkbike users hero right here though! rides bikes, smokes weed, into chicks, has no marketable skills outside of mountain biking. except for weed...
  • 2 2
 "It was the 90s" who wasn't blazing? Lol

Weed destroys lives because it is legal. It not legal because it destroys lives. It even legal in Canada now, and is used as medicine FFS. Missy should be paid compensation for being f*cked over by draconian laws.
  • 9 0
 This doesnt make sense what side of this are you on ?
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 @zyoungson: "legal" should be "Illegal"...
Weed destroys lives because it is Illegal, It's not illegal because it destroys lives. (Unlike heroin or meth which destroys lives and should be illgal)
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 @AntN: Just stay off the bucket or you will be too passed out to ride. Big Grin
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 @gnarterrorist: It ain't no ordinary water bottle in the cage Wink
  • 2 0
 I remember seeing her right around this time period driving down I87 (the Northway) in NY with a bike literally strapped
to the back of a Cadillac.

Classic.
  • 4 1
 let's see her do a buddy ride with Armstrong and chit chat a bit Big Grin
  • 4 1
 if it ain't felonious, it's bologna-ous!
  • 1 0
 Holy production quality. This was so well done! I loved it! I want more of it! You've done a great job with this project. Thanks for sharing.
  • 3 1
 Met her at St Anne in 2002. What a badass. The scene needs someone like her again.
  • 4 2
 Id love to know how many of those gold bars and seized cash ended up in the pockets of corrupt law enforcement.
  • 1 0
 Ask the agent in the video. Apparently Miranda warnings exist and Miranda rights don't.
  • 3 0
 I rode with her at SnowShoe Mtn a few years back and was still ripping!
  • 3 1
 Much Love from Peru, Missy!!! want to see you someday riding our big mountains!!!
  • 2 0
 You go big or, you don’t go.
At exactly the moment she takes the small jump.
How did they not realize that?
  • 1 0
 I saw that too. Poor editing on Vice's part.
  • 3 1
 Better get rid of that nasty weed, indeed. You don't want someone getting killed. Here, have an M16, instead !
  • 1 0
 It would be so good to see Missy back in industry. To make for a living doing what she likes the most, or at least to be very close to that
  • 1 0
 Missy is an American Bad-Ass. What a personality. Her and her wife are doing the right thing by just living life in the moment for the time being. Wishing them the best.
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 @Snowytrail
That is great to hear, i was in the industry way back then when they all first came on board. Good times and really great people.
  • 2 0
 This is now on the top of my HBO GO queue...
  • 3 1
 Boss lady, love ya Missy! ????????
  • 1 0
 Something in the water at Cannondale..... that's Myles and Missy both getting nabbed for weed charges...
  • 1 0
 ...or maybe something in the water in Durango in those days.
  • 3 1
 MUCH LOVE Missy! #superfan
  • 2 0
 that river was a lake, saratoga lake or lake lonely.
  • 2 0
 and now its legal in 20 states and are nations capital!!
  • 1 0
 20 states? for real? I thought it was only legal in Colorado!! lol
  • 3 1
 Missy is rad but Vice is a rag.
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 Hey tradcon oldfags, you spent > 2 Trillion dollars and still lost the "war" on drugs. Time to give up on that charade. I don't even use them and I'm savvy enough to have figured this out.
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 The War on drugs is the war on freedom. If she was transporting any other commodity she would just be considered a smart buisness woman.
  • 6 3
 Too bad Ted Bundy wasn't killing deer, he could have opened a meat shop.
  • 1 0
 Go huge or go home seems to have been her motto. Still remember her at the DH in Stellenbosch circa 1997 I think.
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 So, the moral of the story, if you forfeit "all" the proceeds of your criminal activity you can skip jail?
  • 1 0
 Missy was an Ambassador of RAD...Good Luck with your life! It was only Weed for f*cks Sake Smile
  • 1 0
 Missy you have always been an inspiration since I started mountain biking, we love you!!!
  • 1 0
 Man I thought getting arrested was going to be the sad part of the story. Best wishes girls
  • 2 0
 $3,000 USD for a pound... Americans are paying far too much!
  • 2 0
 I walked 5 mins down the street today to my local rec weed store and picked up ten 1g each Chronic prerolls 25% total THC for a grand total of $15USD after the massive tax - cheap AF now that it has been legal for a while.
  • 1 0
 Exactly what I was thinking!! It was like 1000$ CAD a pound here in Canada...maybe not the best weed but still!! Pretty sure it wasn't that high anyway, they do this so it looks worst and they get a bigger sentence IMO...
  • 2 0
 @Timo82: Agreed, DEA basing a conviction on street value, when the person is selling wholesale, is totally wrong. Besides, she was transporting medicine!!
  • 3 2
 have you seen what carbon costs...we need to start smuggling that.
  • 2 0
 beautiful
  • 3 1
 More stuff like this plz
  • 4 2
 what a fucking badass
  • 1 0
 "Living in a gangsters paradise"
  • 1 0
 Respect, Missy, for sharing your story. Stay strong.
  • 2 0
 VICE....so edgy LOL
  • 1 0
 She was the one and only! Truely Missy her Big Grin
  • 1 0
 Go big or... you don't go! Just rolls off the tongue lol
  • 1 0
 You can't fly if you're high…but you can't fly if you're low either.
  • 1 0
 In for a penny, in for 288 pounds
  • 1 0
 she inspired me to ride harder than ever before
  • 1 0
 Her mountain bike family is a bunch of kooks...I'm a kook...love ya Miss
  • 1 0
 All love for Missy and Kristen
  • 1 0
 Great video and great person. All the best to Missy and her wife
  • 1 0
 Makes me wanna play Downhill Domination, amiright fam?
  • 2 2
 remember watching her on eurosport years ago. legend of the sport
  • 10 9
 Smoke weed everyday
  • 2 2
 Plants are expensive these days
  • 2 1
 Bailey MTB park!
  • 2 2
 It’s an expensive sport cuh
  • 3 2
 Missy to YT confirmed.
  • 2 1
 I just seen her yesterday on a Foes
  • 3 3
 The real life Point Break.
  • 1 0
 haha i'm pretty sure bodhi was her alias
  • 5 5
 000 it's on vice so it must be well sourced...… lame.
  • 5 3
 Yeah, Vice is basically fiction. I just enjoy it without believing a word.
  • 3 1
 So...Missy is making up her own personal account?
  • 5 6
 Damn she got ratted on. Snitches wind up in ditches. Missy is and always will be a total legend in my book!
  • 7 2
 And she most likely ratted on someone else. She came home awful fast for being part of a federal drug conspiracy... the feds aren’t know for being sympathetic.

Also, she was making 30k plus expenses. She was a baggage handler, not a kingpin.

War on Drugs is some BS though...
  • 4 6
 Damn bro, you're sure sound hard on a mtb page.
  • 2 0
 @COnovicerider: haha - these netbangers
  • 1 0
 Harder than your grandma bro.
  • 2 2
 Ha ha DH'$ a shady sport but we love it
  • 1 0
 Incredible story!!
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 LEGANDARY
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 'Drug dealer'
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 Hells Yeah all around!
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 Right-On!
  • 5 6
 This was totally unnecessary.
  • 1 1
 F..K DRUGS
  • 1 0
 Sounds cool until you're suffering from PTSD and medical cannabis is the only thing literally keeping you from killing yourself.
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