The 37-year-old Missy “the Missile” Giove once creamed the world’s competition in downhill mountain bike racing, notching World Championship and U.S. National titles. But now she’s facing a harrowing uphill battle.
Earlier this week Giove was arrested for possessing more than 200 pounds of marijuana. Authorities seized the drugs from the back of a truck she was driving in upstate NY. Giove is currently being held on $250,000 bail, and is joined in jail by her alleged partner in crime, Eric Canori. (All together police found nearly 400 pounds of pot in both Giove’s truck and Canori’s Saratoga Springs, NY home.)
Giove could face a $2 million fine and 40 years in prison if found guilty, but her fate is yet to be determined. On Thursday, public defender Tim Austin alleged the drugs were planted in Giove’s truck, possibly even by police.
Mountain bike fans and enthusiasts around the world are hoping for a brighter outcome.