Dave Mirra

Biography: On April 4, 1974, David Michael Mirra was born to parents Michael and Linda Mirra in Syracuse, New York. Dave's parents seperated when Dave was five. Both Dave and his older brother, Tim stayed with their father in Chittenango, New York while their mother moved back to Syracuse. Dave was able to have a regular relationship with both his parents and although he was living with his dad, he was able to see his mother on a regular basis.

Dave and Tim would pal around their small town on their bikes together everday. In the early 80's they noticed some older neighborhood kids riding BMX. They kids would be doing tricks such as jumping over curbs, they'd also jump wooden ramps they built and dirt jumps too. They jumped anything they could really get air off of. Around '84 or so, freestyle BMX was starting to take off, even in Dave's small town. With graduating classes barely reaching 150 students there were at least 10 kids that were seen BMX-ing. Around that time, Dave started to
On April 4, 1974, David Michael Mirra was born to parents Michael and Linda Mirra in Syracuse, New York. Dave's parents seperated when Dave was five. Both Dave and his older brother, Tim stayed with their father in Chittenango, New York while their mother moved back to Syracuse. Dave was able to have a regular relationship with both his parents and although he was living with his dad, he was able to see his mother on a regular basis.

Dave and Tim would pal around their small town on their bikes together everday. In the early 80's they noticed some older neighborhood kids riding BMX. They kids would be doing tricks such as jumping over curbs, they'd also jump wooden ramps they built and dirt jumps too. They jumped anything they could really get air off of. Around '84 or so, freestyle BMX was starting to take off, even in Dave's small town. With graduating classes barely reaching 150 students there were at least 10 kids that were seen BMX-ing. Around that time, Dave started to get interested in BMX and thought of it more than just hobby, but as an actual sport. As he continued riding and practicing, Dave began to draw national attention to himself for his flatland skills. The fact that he became friends with Mark Eaton and Kevin Jones didn't help his reputation either. At the age of thirteen, Dave was given a chance to appear in "Dorkin' in York 2". Having a kidthat young who came out of nowhere doing the moves he did was incredible to everyone. Dave then gained a reputation as a flatland ripper and was given a sponsorship with Haro. The memberes of the Haro team noticed Dave during a summer bike shop tour and made some calls.
In '87 Dave began to get into the vert riding style and he was able to progress rapidly. There was a low amount of quarter and half pipes to get time on, but Dave tried to as much as possible. By 1990, Dave and the rest of the Chittenango crew built their own 10 x 16 foot half pipe. Dave was able to get a greal amount of air on the ramp and began pulling off some of trhe largest and hardest tricks. After the success at Ron Wilerson's 2-Hip vert events, flatland was out and big air was in.

In 1992 Dave turned pro and he quickly made a name for himself with his lofty airs and dialed style. By the age of eighteen, Dave became the first guy to break Matt Hofman's three year winning streak. Throughout the next few years, ther sport of BMX slipped into a dry spell. Even with very little sponsorship support and seemingly no future Dave looked passes that factor and continued to ride and he road hard too.

While linving in Syracuse, New York in December of 1993, Dave has a life altering accident. Dave was hit by a drunk driver while crossing a treet. With a fractured skull and a badly torn shoulder, Dave had to begin fighting for his life. Although it was a slow recovery and a while before Dave could BMX again, he tried his hardest at rehibilitaiton and was later ready to ride again, but there was one proplem. With the aftermath of the injuries and lack of any real BMX scene in Syracuse, Dave was barely riding. He briefly moved to California to ride for GT but he quickly decided that California wasn't for him and came straight back to Syracuse. Dave's movtivation was at an all time low and there was no one to push Dave to ride. There was no riding going on in Syracuse for that matter. His first competition back from the accident, Dave grabbed his first, 1st place in the street competiton and 3rd place in the vert competition at the '94 Chicago Bicycle Stunt Series, this was definitly a huge boost to Dave. It was Dennis McCoy who actually put a video of Dave together and convinced Haro to sponsor Dave.

Tim (Dave's brother) had moved to Greenville, North Carolina on 1994 to go to school and by chance he ended up moving in across the street from the Jaycee BMX Park. Dave visited Tim a few times and that was when he became convinced that Greenville was the place for him. Riding alongside Tim again, Dave regained his determination and his top form. When the first X-Games came around, Dave was totally ready. Dave hasn't looked back since. With all of Dave's success and notoriety, Greenville has become a BMX mecca of sorts. When people would ask, "Why Greenville?", they got this answer.
Dave is still riding and he does it for himself, this his how he pushes his own limits. The fame and money are nive bounuses, but all Dave really does it for is because he enjoys it. He enjoys pulling these impossible tricks with seemingly little to no effort. Dave pushes limits to show that what you once think is impossible, really isn't you just have to reach to get it. Spine flip whips, double back flips, 540 tailwhips, these are only a few things Dave mastered on his way to the big times since Chittenango.

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