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Durango bike star crashes with marijuana bust in N.Y.

Jason Blevins
The Denver Post
These photos, posted on the website www.freemissy.com, show Melissa "Missy" Giove and the pot from the bust. Photos provided by freemissy.com

Missy Giove lived her life astounding those around her.

The iconic mountain biker, who resided in Durango for more than a decade, won 14 national titles and was the world champion downhill racer in 1994. She screamed down slopes on the edge of control, landing in either an ambulance or on the podium.

Her persona – she dangled a dried piranha around her neck and tucked her dead dog’s ashes in her bra when she raced – and talent made her mountain biking’s highest-paid athlete, earning her well over $2 million.

Then last month, six years after she formally retired from racing, federal agents busted the 37-year-old and an accomplice with 400 pounds of marijuana and $1 million in cash.

“Everyone in the circle of mountain biking is shocked by the news – not because she was arrested, because that was not surprising. She had numerous car wrecks and slight problems with authority,” said Giove’s longtime friend and former bike racer Craig Glaspell. “The fact she might be involved in some pretty heavy drug trafficking is the crazy thing. I mean, real crazy.”

For more of this Denver Post story: http://www.denverpost.com/ci_12838760

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