Just when you thought you had heard it all when it comes to drug and cycling, somebody throws in a new twist. And when the person is Missy "the Missle" Giove you have to expect that the new twist is not just a somersault; it is probably something on the order of a triple flip. You might remember that Missy was a huge force on the women's MTB downhill circuit in the 1990's winning the World Championships in 1994.
She's not in the news because of a comeback. She's not in the news because she tested positive for performance enhancing drugs(PED's). She is in the news because she was busted after hauling about 400 pounds of marijuana from the west coast to the east coast. It was not clear if the marijuana was for medical reasons or personal use.
Giove was reportedly to be paid $30,000 for transporting the marijuana cross country, but ran afoul of the law in New York and was arrested. If convicted she could face up to 40 years in jail which is significantly more serious than a two year suspension from competition.
Giove was a huge draw at MTB races, one of the first female superstars of the sport. During her halcyon days as a professional downhill racer, Giove was reportedly making upwards of $300,000/year. She still holds the record for most NORBA downhill wins by a female.
First Tiger Woods. Now Missy Giove. Parents, please be the role models for your kids. Don't make them rely on athletes for that purpose.