Missy Giove

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Missy Giove
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Medal record
Competitor for the  United States
Mountain bike racing
World Championships
Bronze 1993 Métabief, France Downhill (DH)
Gold 1994 Vail, Colorado USA Downhill (DH)
Bronze 1996 Cairns, Australia Downhill (DH)
Bronze 2002 Kaprun, Austria Downhill (DH)

Melissa "Missy" Giove (born 1972) is a former professional downhill mountain biker. Her nickname is The Missile.

Giove was one of mountain-bike racing's first mainstream female superstars, did some ads for Reebok, 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. Prior to cycling, Missy was also a nationally ranked downhill skier.

Early in her career, Missy raced for the highly respected boutique Yeti Racing team along with other top downhill racing stars such as Myles Rockwell, Jimmy Deaton, John Tomac, and Johnny O under the management of industry veteran and former owner of Yeti Cycles, John Parker. After establishing herself as the top US women's downhill talent, Missy moved to the larger corporate financed team of Volvo-Cannondale USA cycling team. Together Missy Giove and Myles Rockwell dominated many of the US downhill races under the Cannondale badge in the early 90's. Missy was always known for being colorful and fast talking.

She announced her retirement from full-time racing in August 2003, and in March 2004, she appeared in an episode of the cartoon Rocket Power titled "Missile Crisis" (the title referring to her nickname), giving one of the characters a compliment. After retirement she helped finance the travel and fees for several up and coming downhill cyclists.

Giove was noted for wearing the desiccated body of her deceased pet piranha Gonzo on a necklace when racing. She is openly lesbian.[1]

In June 2009, Giove was arrested in Wilton, New York on charges of conspiring to possess and distribute 384 pounds of marijuana. Giove pled guilty to the charges.[2] On November 23, 2011, she was sentenced to the time served, six months of home detention and five years of supervised release.[3]


  1. ^ Kennedy, Mark (1996-09-26), "She's fast! She's crazy! She's a mountain-bike goddess", Seattle Post-Intelligencer, retrieved 2007-07-01 
  2. ^ "Wilton pot bust nets 384 pounds", The Saratogian, 2009-06-18, retrieved 2009-06-18 
  3. ^ "Ex-bike champ avoids prison in pot bust", Times Union, 2011-11-23, retrieved 2011-11-23