|1974||Dave was born in central New York on april 4th, 1974 to his mother Linda and his father Michael. Dave grew up in Chittenango, N.Y. In this small town of 4,855, where some of the sidewalks are actually painted yellow, Mirra got his start.|
|early years||Dave began riding when he was just 4, the same age his parents divorced. His folks remained friends, living close to one another. Dave and his brother, Tim, started by hopping curbs and tearing over dirt ramps.
Dave Mirra: My first freestyle bike was a Haro FST.
Dave started out riding flatland but then a few years later moved on to the ramps.
|1986||Dave going for a one hander a few feet below the lip back around 1986.
Dave Mirra: I was about 13 when I start getting into ramps but it was just as a secondary thing because flatland was my main thing. I just did ramps for overall wins.
Dave Mirra: In april, the General Bikes team came to Lindy's Bike Loft in North Syracuse to do a show. Before the show started, I was riding flatland in the bike store's parking lot when one of the General pros, Fred Blood, noticed my riding. Even though I was only thirteen, I was pretty advanced at flatland and was pulling double decades. Not too many riders in the country were pulling that trick off at the time, so Fred was pretty surprised to see me, a five-foot-tall kid from Chittenango, pull one. Later that day, Fred introduced me to the shop owners and helped me work out my first sponsorship deal: discounts on the parts sold in the shop in exchange for riding in shows. General also agreed to cosponsor me, wich meant I got a discount on a General bike that was way too big for me. But the size of the bike didn't matter; I was now sponsored.
Dave Mirra: I got sponsored by Haro the first time in august 1987 when Ron Wilkerson, Brian Blyther and Dave Nourie came to town (Liverpool NY) on tour. It was a flow deal, they gave me a few bikes and some parts and would pay for my food and lodging at the contests if I got there. I was stoked at that young age.
Dave Mirra: My first competition was in Ohio in october 1987, it was the AFA Masters Series.
I was so nervous and excited that I was about to explode. I entered the 13 and under expert flatland class, but during my sixty-second routine, anxiety got the best of me and I fell apart. I didn't pull a lot of my tricks, wich left me in eleventh place out of twelve riders.
|1988||Being dropped from Haro.
Dave Mirra: In 1988, the freestyle industry as a whole was starting to feel financial hard times. Freestyle bikes sales had tapered off and riders were getting dropped from teams left and right. Eventually, even Haro was forced to make budget cutbacks, and taht translated into my getting dropped from the team.
4th place 13and under flatland and 3rd place13 and under ramp @ AFA Masters round 1.
La video Dorkin 2 nous fait découvrir un petit jeune jusqu'alors inconnu: Dave Mirra. Si nous pouvons y admirer ses premiers aerials, son niveau en flat est lui aussi impressionant: 10 whiplash, squeakerson to backward decade, ect.
Dave Mirra: When I was fourteen years old, I was really into flatland. Mark eaton was one of the best amateurs in the sport and very respected for his originality. I met Mark at a small contest in Pennsylvania, and he invited me to come ride with the infamous Plywood Hoods. Mark also produced a video called Dorkin' in York, and when Dorkin' 2 came out, I had a section in the video. It was my first video part ever.
1st place 14 expert flatland and 1st place 14 expert ramp @ 1988 AFA Masters round 6, September 24-25, 1988, Colombus, Ohio.
Dave Mirra: Toward the end of 1988, I was developing a serious ramp fetish. Riding flatland was fun, but there was something about ramps: I couldn't get enough.
missOneday333, www.youtube.com, january 2011: Dave Mirra's flatland run from the AFA Masters comp. round 6 in Columbus, OH on Sept. 24th 1988. He was in the 14 expert class at the time and got 1st place at this comp. In his younger days he was all about flatland.
|1989||Woodward, Pennsylvania 2hip KOV, summer 1989.
Dave Mirra: Since there were no ages divisions for amateurs in King of Vert events, I had to compete against riders in their twenties even though I was only fifteen. I wound up getting eighth out of the twenty-five experts who entered. I was starting to get a reputation as a kid who could have a big future in riding.
Dyno picked up the 15 year old Dave Mirra after seeing him ride at the New York King of Vert contest in september 1989.
Dave Mirra: Dino DeLuca, who was a top pro at the time was reallypsyched on the way I was riding and told me that he wanted me on his team. He rode for Dyno and after he told his team manager about me, I got an offer to be a full-on member of the team. (...) I got free bikes and free travel and that was enough for me.
KOV round 4, New York.
|1990||7th place Expert class @ 1989 KOV finals, Newport, january 1990.
Dave Mirra was proving to be Dyno's new dynamo performing a menu of tricks and, we must add, he rages !
Dave Mirra: I did GT shows back in the day from 1990-1991, toured the whole US, that was pretty hectic.
Dave Mirra: I tried a 900 at Louisville. I actually started spinning really good but then I just jumped off.
KOV finals, january 1990.
|1991||1991 GT International Tour.
Dave Mirra, www.harobikes.com: I got rear-ended by a drunk driver on the GT tour in 91' when I was driving the rig. The idiot totaled his car and smashed his face through the windshield.
Interview in Go december 1991.
He's young and he's restless, and it is this volatile combination that keeps Dyno's Dave Mirra fired up on riding at all times. He's good, too, able to bust massive airs with variations, 540's, and tailwhips as well as any lip trick out there, fast and smooth. The immediate goals of this 17-year-old New Yorker include turning Pro (he's more than ready) and getting an ad for GT/Dyno ("Bill Neuman just got on GT and he gets in an ad right away. Me, I've been on Dyno for two years and I'm STILL not in one. Man... .). Give the boy time.
Dave Mirra: I'm now pretty much a ramp rider exclusively. I ride flatland in shows and we screw around at my house sometimes, but I'm not really serious about it anymore."
|1992||3rd place stuntmen mini/street @ 1992 BS round 1 "Chainwheel massacre", January 26-27, 1992, Jeff Phillips Skatepark, Dallas, Texas, USA.
Dave Mirra nosepicked on the extension and on the spine, did a nose pick 180 over the spine and jumped high tabletops over the lower spine for third.
2nd place stuntmen vert. Dave Mirra was one rider who made it up to the 11ft high banners. He rides a Hoffman bike as well and has been living with Matt lately. Switch-handed 540's, no footed cancans and other streched variations t 9ft, tailwhips at 7ft and everything back to back. If he does some backflips here and there in the near future he might be a serious threat for Matt Hoffman
4th place stuntmen vert and 4th place stuntmen mini @ 1992 BS round 2 "Death in the Desert", march 28-29, 1992, Thrasherland Skatepark, Arizona.
Condor at the 1992 BS round 2 on the cover of Invert june 1992
3rd place stuntmen vert and 2nd place stuntmen mini @ 1992 BS round 3, Lake Owen.
Jim Cooke, www.davemirra.com: Dave Mirra and I loaded into his '87 Dodge Daytona and made the long road trip from Chittenango, NY to northern Wisconsin. When we arrived some 18 hours later we had blown a water pump and were starting to overheat. Oh well, we made it. Lake Owen is a bmx/gymnastics camp in the middle of nowhere. After seeing 8 bears in 3 days, I believe they out-numbered the people. Everyone stayed on site in some cozy little cabins. There were four big pros on hand to ride and quite few amateurs in the mix as well. Along with Dave(a rookie) was Mat Hoffman, Dennis McCoy and Jay Miron. All four tore it up on vert and the mini/spine comp. Rick Moliterno and his Standard posse were doing some serious work on the mini/spine ramp as well. A young Taj Mihelich showed signs of his well known style even back then.
Jim Cooke, www.davemirra.com: Around this time there was nothing to ride in Chittenango. Our halfpipe had just been torn down...wrongly I might add. Whenever Dave would get to a comp or we would visit someplace to ride, he would just go off. He would learn tons of tricks and be dialed in no time. Dennis McCoy picked up on this trend and called Dave "trick horny." Trick horny indeed...check out the videos and see what it was like back in the day. Small time events didn't necessarily translate into laid back events. This comp was intense... lots of innovation was going on at this time and lots of people were hucking themselves as well. Some things never change.
3rd place stuntmen vert @ 1992 BS round 4, july 25-26, 1992, San Jose, California. Dave Mirra said he was nervous going into the vert contest. That didn't stop him from pulling high tailwhips, manual, grinds, high 540's and a barspin tailwhip attempt.
3rd place stuntmen street. Dave Mirra started off pulling a sick tailwhip barspin and a no footed 360 over the spine. He has the ability to be the #1 pro someday.
Interview in BMX Plus! july 1992
Sponsors ? Hoffman Bikes, Airwalk, Homeless, Standard Bikes.
Bike ? Hoffman Condor.
Tricks invented ? Framestand peg-pick, barspin tailwhip, backside weasel.
I went pro in 1992 because I just knew it was time and I just felt like I would fit in so I just went for it.
Motto ? Quit school.
1st place stuntmen ramp @ 1992 BS finals, november 21-22, 1992, SCRAP Chicago, IL. Dave Mirra pulled a switch handed 540. His 540's were near thee roof, his airs went past that, and his first backflip ever on vert sent a shock wave through the ramp.
1st place stuntmen street. Early in practice, people knew something was up when Dave Mirra effortlessly sailed six feet over the jumpbox in a perfect backflip. This turned out to be only a warm-up loop for his run: Flawless flips, no-footed cancan 360s, nothings, no-footed flip, eight feet high and a bevy of advanced tricks thrown together in three polished runs. No one was surprised when Dave was announced the ruler of Stuntmen Street.
2nd place mini. Dave Mirra did all thee usual. No footed 360's, rocket x-up 360's, grind transfers over the spine, and airs so high over the spine he was almost hitting his head on some sort of air ventway above the spine. A big second for Dave.
Invert june 1992
BMX Plus! july 1992
|1993||1993 BS ROUND 1 ARIZONA.
4th place stuntmen mini and 4th place stuntmen vert @ BS 1993 round 1 "Death in the Desert 2", january 23-24, 1993, Thrasherland Skatepark, Glendale, Arizona.
1993 BS ROUND 2 SHIMERVILLE.
2nd place stuntmen mini/street @ 1993 BS round 2, april 17-18, 1993, Recreation center, Shimerville, Pennsylvania.
Dave Mirra was shredding. Tailtap to nosepick to smith back to noseblunt to no-footer on the railing, a clean flip from the mini to the box, and the biggest transfer of the day: a flip from the street course to the vert ramp. He was a good ten feet away from the transitions when he landed on the flat bottom [zany]. 2nd place.
3rd place stuntmen vert. Dave Mirra was on his game, as usual. No handers almost touching the ceiling, 540s a couple of feet lower, backwards icepick grinds, and a flip attempt. 3rd place.
1993 BMX FREESTYLE WORLDS IN FRANCE.
BMX Freestyle Worlds, Limoges, France.
2nd place stuntmen vert and 2nd place stuntmen street @ 1993 BS round 3, september 24-25, 1993, new Hoffman Bike Park, Oklahoma City.
1st place stuntmen street, 1st place stuntmen mini and 3rd place stuntmen vert @ 1993 BS finals, november 19-21, 1993, SCRAP Chicago, IL.
1993 BS round2
Barspin tailwhip during 1993 KOC. Photo by Armen Djerrahian.
|1994||Dave was struck by a car going about 45mph.
When he was 19, Mirra went out one evening in Syracuse. He walked across a street, heading into a club. He never made it. A drunk driver going 45 miles per hour hit him. Mirra injured his right shoulder and suffered a fractured skull. A blood clot formed in his brain. It was borderline whether I was going to live or not. Mirra recovered and ignored others' advice. They pleaded with him not to ride again. So was Mirra. Soon after doctors allowed him to resume riding, he traveled to California for a contest. He returned without competing. Mirra wasn't ready. He stopped riding seriously for close to 15 months. It took me that long to figure out not to give up. His professional crisis lasted until his move to Greenville, where Mirra shook off his rust and timidity.
Ride BMX US october 1994: After looking like a sure thing that Dave Mirra was going to ride for GT, he surprised everyone and signed with Haro. Dave's deal with GT would have required him to live in California and do shows, wich he wasn't too into. The Haro deal allows Dave to live at home in New York and only requires him to go to the BS contests for a reputed $30,000 per year. Haro is also helping Dave get a vert ramp built to practice on, so he should be in top form when he starts competing again.
1st place stuntmen street @ 1994 Bicycle Stunts round 4 and finals, november 18-19, 1994, SCRAP Chicago, Illinois. This was the third year in a row that the Finals have been held in Chicago and it was also the third year in a row that Dave Mirra took the win in Stunt Men Street. By watching Dave ride in practice, you could tell that there was no way he was going to let anyone beat him. Mirra lofted huge transfers, pulled a flip twist, went for a tailwhip flip, carved a tailwhip air about seven feet up and 5 feet across between two street ramps and wasted two wheels on his way to first place.
3rd place stuntmen vert. Dave Mirra was going as high as he usually does on vert around 11 feet), but some of his runs lacked variations, which brought him in at third.
|1995||Mirra has been in Greenville since 1995. His older brother, Tim, arrived in '94, spurring Mirra to pack his bags when his apartment lease in Syracuse, N.Y., expired. Tim, 30, moved here with his then-girlfriend and her family. Her father had transferred for work.
Dave Mirra: I moved to Greenville in March of 95 to kind of be closer to my brother.
Interview in Props #6 january 1995.
Interview in BMX Plus march 1995.
2nd place stuntmen vert and 5th place stuntmen street @ 1995 BS round 2, july 8-9, 1995, Hampton, Virginia.
ESPN X-Games vert silver medal.
The network started the X Games in 1995, introducing the sport to wider audiences. Mirra picked up a silver medal in the vert that year.
1st place pro vert @ 1995 KOC, august 26-27, 1995, Southsea, Hampshire, UK.
Haro Candy video.
Fufanu at the Virginia BS contest on the cover of Ride BMX UK #20 december 1995.
World Champion - pro vert
Dave Mirra is no longer riding for Airwalk and has signed with Boks (Reebok).
1st place street and 2nd place vert @ 1996 X-Games, Newport, Rhode Island.
BS series champion street, 2nd vert.
Dave Mirra nosepick to full barspin at Destination Extreme in Seal Beach (BS round 2) on the cover of BMX Plus! december 1996.
Dave Mirra has taken the trick to a different level. He does a nosepick, then gets on the front peg, grabs the seat and puts the bike in a steamroller position, stalls for a second and goes back into the ramp canadian nosepick style.
X-Games street gold medal.
X-Games vert gold medal.
X-Games vert doubles gold medal.
Dave Mirra at the X-Games on the cover of Ride BMX US october 1997. Photo by Steve Buddendeck.
|1998||Interview in BMXup #12.
Street gold medal @ 1998 X-Games, San Diego, California. The competition for first place was really close, but Dave Mirra bagged it with tricks like huge indian 360, opposite side rail, multiple barspins, the biggest transfers and the biggest style. Mirra's week had begun.
Vert gold medal. Dave flew around the ramp going opposite, alley-oop, and regular, looking smooth and fast. He just kept hitting tricks in all directions, did the biggest flairs, switch-handed 540, suicide double- barspin, and just didn't stop until the buzzer went.
Dave Mirra a signé avec FOX un contrat de trois ans.
FOX Expendable Youth video.
Haro Fantasy video.
|1999||Interview in Ride BMX US april 1999.
1st place vert and 4th place park@ 1999 FISE, Palavas, France.
1st place street @ 1999 X-Games, San Francisco, California, june 25-july 3, 1999.
Mirra's first run, in which he pulled out some new tricks, set the crowd into a frenzy. He performed a flurry of tricks including an X-up on the vert wall, a no-handed 360, and an amazing one-footed X-up backflip that lead to a final score of 92.9 and yet another gold medal. "My first run went exactly how I wanted," Mirra said. "That one-footed X-up back flip, I was pretty psyched about landing that one." In his second run, despite coming close to crashing on a 360 transfer, Mirra continued to dazzle the crowd. He managed to land a tailwhip 360, a truckdriver and a no-handed to no-footed back flip. But afterwards, he was still psyched about his first-round performance. "That first run, I couldn't top it again if I tried," he says.
1st place vert. Someday, someone else beside Dave Mirra will win X Games gold in bicycle vert. It just won't be in the 90's. Mirra closed out the decade the way Matt Hoffman started it, which seemed only appropriate since Hoffman was Tuesday night's competition. Connecting tricks flawlessly as only he can, Mirra won his third straight X Games vert title and eighth gold medal overall. Mirra has won four straight street golds and combined with Dennis McCoy to win last year's X Games vert doubles. Mirra earned an average score of 91.90 and twice landed his trademark spinning flair toward the end of his runs. His only noticeable flaw came on a high-risk backflip nobody was able to land to end his first run. Mirra over-rotated the trick just a bit and tumbled to the bottom of the halfpipe unharmed. His second run was flawless. Mirra started the run with one-handed, no-handed and X-out aerials. He then did a few bar-spin moves before launching into a 540 X-out. Then came Mirra's work on the coping -- both front-side and back-side -- before pulling out a tail whip and another flair to end his run. "I didn't feel like I rode my best, but I guess the judges did, so I'm happy," Mirra said. "I guess I shouldn't stress out so much and just ride my best and try not to worry so much about competition. It's just natural, as a human, when you are in a contest like this you have to do in that minute-thirty, you don't have another chance, you can't take another run. You got to do it." Consistency counted at the end, as Mirra won in part to his two runs over 90.
Gravity games street gold medal.
Dave Mirra appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman Monday, July 19th, 1999.
Dave: Being on Letterman was just a whole other level. Just the fact that he has one of the most important talk shows and is so popular. It was crazy, it felt as good as winning the X-Games!
Dave Mirra signed a deal with Imperial Toy company and will have a six-inch action figure modeled after him.
Dave Mirra at the X-Trials in Virginia on the cover of Chase magazine #3 autumn 1999. Photo by Josh Root.
Superman seatgrab during the '99 X-Games on the cover of Ride BMX US november 1999.
French TV show "Nulle part ailleurs"
|2000||Dave Mirra bubble gum come out in april and cereal coming out in june.
10th place stuntmen dirt @ 2000 CFB ound 3, july 6-9, 2000, Woodward, PA.
1st place vert and 14th place street @ 2000 Gravity Games, july 18-23, 2000, Providence, RI.
Dave Mirra seemed pretty determined that tonight was his night while somehow appearing relaxed and laid back at the same time. His first trick was a massively carved superman seat grab Indian air followed by a stretched no hander, a no foot can can and a perfect one handed tailwhip. After more fast and flowing tricks he ended his run with back to back flairs, trading in the ball and chain for a gold medal.
Dave Mirra Freestyle BMX for the PlayStation® game console hit retailers on september 14th, 2000.
FOX Expendable 2 video.
Almost all the footage of Dave Mirra is from the various ESPN/BS comps.
In 2000, Mirra was one of two alternative sports athletes to be recognized as a notable sports icon in all of mainstream sports with his media exposure alone reaching an approximate $2.5 million value.
|2001||Mirra left Adidas and signed a 3 years deal with DC.
Mark Losey, www.ridebmx.com: When I was in Greenville years ago Dave Mirra said he wanted to tailtap a ladder on top of his vert ramp. Nothing came of it for a while, but when I was in town for the Greenville scene report in issue 58, he had a ladder nailed to the top of the ramp and was ready to get it done. The ladder was super-wobbly, so Allan Cooke volunteered to help brace it. After trying the trick a few times and eating shit super-hard, Dave said he wasn't sure if he could pull it off, but it wasn't long before he nailed it. Usually a tailtap wouldn't scare a rider like Dave, but when the trick requires an eight-foot set-up air on a 12-foot vert ramp, it's a different story. After he pulled the trick he was so psyched that he threw his bike off the ramp, and came within a few feet of taking out his girlfriend.
6th place park @ 2001 X-Games, august 17-23, 2001, Philadelphia, PA. Five-time Park champion Dave Mirra was going big but after casing two double backflips attempts, he finished sixth. In his final run, he went for a no-handed 360 and then came up short on his second Double Backflip attempt of the Games.
1st place vert. Not having the best luck in street, Dave Mirra made things work for him here in vert. Simply put, Dave is just incredible on the vert ramp. He uses every inch of it. Put in a no-handed 540, flairs both ways, big opposite airs, tailwhips, no-footed can-can to tailwhip, bar spin to no-hander and so many other rad things you'll get a gold medal winner. And that's exactly what we got, Dave Mirra won vert.
Dog on a bike Miracle Boy and Nyquist video.
Dave Mirra's Super Tour.
Mark Losey, www.ridebmx.com: The night before the Dave Mirra Super Tour started, Ryan Nyquist's ramp saw one of the most incredible sessions ever. Dave, Nyquist, Osato, Darden, McCoy, Mackay, Laird-so many people were going nuts. The highlight, however, had to be Mirra doing a giant carving alley-oop 360 over the spine while Ryan did a double-peg over and back on the spine underneath them.
Dog on a bike Miracle Boy and Nyquist video trailer.
|2002||Props Road Fools 9 starting january 4th, 2002 from Los Angeles, California to Las Vegas, Nevada.
Tout au long de la vidéo Mirra et Moliterno qui se connaissent depuis des milliards d'années se fightent serieux à coup de tricks mais aussi en vrai. C'est vrai que l'alcool aidant, ça devient vite de la boucherie, et Mirra n'a pas risqué sa vie uniquement sur son vélo, sa sortie bourré sans casque du bus Props un peu aidé par Moliterno est un grand moment.. En vélo ça va pour lui merci: au park Primo, Dave ne trouve rien de mieux pour s'échauffer qu'un fufanu sur la rambarde du sub box, un peu violent comme étirement...
Icepick on the cover of BMX Plus! march 2002.
360 tailwhip over a spine on the cover of Ride BMX US june 2002.
FOX Expendable 3 video.
1st place park and 2nd place vert @ 2002 Gravity Games, july 27-august 4, 2002, Cleveland Ohio
On park, Dave Mirra put in an outstanding last run to take first place in the final Gravity Games event. With a storm blowing in, Mirra kicked into high gear and proved he still has what it takes to bring home a gold medal. Sitting in fourth place going into his last run, Mirra set the tone by opening with a 720. From there the show continued: tailwhip 360, tailwhip 180 to revert to a Decade air. Mirra ended his run with a victory lap and went for a 540 blindside tire-tap on the wall.
Dave Mirra vient de resigner chez Haro jusqu'en 2005. Les termes financiers du contrat n'ont pas été révélés.
2nd place vert and 3rd place park @ 2003 X-Games, august 14-18, 2003, Los Angeles, CA.
October 2003: Dave has just been awarded the NORA Cup Ramp Rider of The Year. That is the third year in a row for Dave and he had this to say, "I'm really psyched to win this award again. Awards like this let me know that my riding gets appreciated by a lot of people and that makes me feel really good." Congratulations Dave!
Mirra Images: Dave Mirra's book.
Dave Mirra celebrated his 30th birthday recently with what he thought would be a calm dinner with family and a couple of friends. After a friend arranged a birthday party with Mirra and some of his friends on April 3, the BMX champ had little reason to believe the rumors he had heard about a surprise party in his honor. A quiet dinner at Chefs 505 was supposed to be the plan for the following night which was actually Mirra's birthday. Afterward, though, he was blindfolded and taken to Mesh Cafe where he was greeted at the door by more than 100 friends and family from around the country who had made the trip to wish the Miracle Boy a happy birthday. Dennis McCoy attended with a few other old favorites from the sport, such as Gary Pollack and Joe Johnson. Mirra used to emulate McCoy's style on and off the bike when he was first starting out and the two have since become good friends.
Most of the local pros attended the party also. Among the faces in the crowd were Ryan Nyquist, Scott Wirch, Mike Mancuso, Allan Cooke, Jeremy Fanberg, Josh Harrington, Rob Darden, Steven Lilley and Dave's brother, Tim Mirra. Guests were treated to a full bar and an extensive spread of great food that included a birthday cake for Mirra. Parmalee, a local favorite, entertained the crowd with live music.
Dave is living in Greenville with Jennifer, his girlfriend of five years, and their two cats, J.J. and Simba.
COVER OF RIDE BMX UK.
Dave Mirra pulling a large wall tap over friends on the cover of Ride BMX UK #76, may 2004. Interview.
Double gold at X Games X, august 4th-8th, 2004, Los Angeles, CA.
Mirra, who took golds in Bike Stunt Park and Bike Stunt Vert, became the most decorated athlete in the history of the X Games with 18 medals in his collection. His 13 gold medals are also more than that of any other athlete in the history of the games.
Dave Mirra: I was psyched to win the golds because I wasn't really sure what to expect this year. In Vert I thought it was Jamie's contest to lose, and I had Ryan winning in Street so I just said I would go out and try some things I've been working on and fortunately it worked out for me.
Dave broke a bone in his hand during LG Action Sports Championships in Pomona, California. The injury, which is expected to keep Mirra off his bike for approximately six weeks, occurred during his first run of the Bike Stunt Street contest at the event. The first and only run for Mirra in Pomona didn't take too long, as he performed a whip transfer and launched into a big flair after bombing onto the course. He found himself too far over the deck during the flair, however, and crashed, falling to the ground and breaking his hand. The injury prevented Mirra from doing a second run, which dropped him to 10th in the contest.
I've just got a broken bone in my hand, but I'm really doing great other than that. It is kind of disappointing that there's no way that I'll be able to compete at Gravity. I'm kind of bummed but at least I had X Games and I did well there," Mirra said. "That and Gravity are your two biggest events so I'm glad I was able to do what I did at X. Now I'm just going to put the bike up for a little while and enjoy myself doing other things.
|2005||FOX Drama video.
7th place vert @ 2005 X-Games, August 4th - 7th, 2005, Los Angeles, CA.
Mirra showed up blingin' with a 24k gold-plated bike that looked pretty damn cool. He did everything was he was supposed to do (both ways), until he was setting himself up for something big... where he crossed the channel and simply went down... landed awkward and the gold handlebars stuck him straight in the chest... he was out. He was out ? That was it for Mirra...
1st place park. Before dropping in for his first run, Mirra had not even taken a full run on the course. He was taking it easy after suffering a concussion in Vert on Thursday. "I had no run planned," said Mirra. "I hadn't even looked at the course until a half hour before the contest." He dropped in and delivered a stunner. His 24-karat-gold bike gleaming in the California sun, Mirra demonstrated precisely why he is the reigning Park champ. Big transfers and creative lines like his 360 tailwhip backward over the box jump straight into standard incredible Mirra moves like a big flair on the quarter to a double tailwhip on the box to a flipwhip over the spine sealed him a score of 89.33 points. "I had no expectations," said Mirra. "I planned that run in my head. I hadn't even had the chance to ride the course. I can't believe that nobody beat my first run because there were some solid second runs. I'll take it, though. After what happened in Vert the other day, I'm happy."
Press release, Jan 02, 2006 Carlsbad, CA.: Jim Ford, former President and CEO of Haro Bicycle Corporation announced today that he has joined MirraCo, a newly formed company created by Dave Mirra, BMX freestyles most accomplished athlete as well as its most recognized personality. Ford will retain his previous title of President and CEO as well a significant ownership position in the new company. Mirras ten plus years with Haro will conclude on December 31st. In describing the situation, Mirra had this to say, I had originally intended to finish my career with Haro, but considering how far apart we were in negotiating a new deal, I figured I could do better on my own. Mirra did however acknowledge that his career with Haro was both fun and rewarding and that he intends to honor his contractual commitments with the company through the end of the year. Dave is an incredible athlete, but Ive also learned he is quite a salesman commented Ford. He was relentless in his efforts to get me involved in his new venture once I left Haro, despite the concerns I had with starting from scratch with a new company. Ironically, after playing key roles in making Haro the dominant brand in the BMX/Freestyle segment of the market, Mirra and Fords new company will be the industrys newest rider-owned brand trying to chip away at Haros significant market share. Im looking forward to some aggressive but friendly competition with our friends at Haro. It will certainly be challenging given Haros dominance in the category, but the times I enjoyed the most during my career at Haro were when we were the underdog fighting to grow the business. This will be a lot of fun and Im looking forward to it stated Ford. Theres a lot work to do in short period of time, but the company intends to have bikes in shops by early summer. Details of the companys plans for sales and distribution were not available at the time of this release, but Ford did indicate that the company will be based in Carlsbad and the process of hiring a Product Manager, Art Director, and other key positions will begin immediately.
Dave married Lauren Blackwell on February 18th in Napa California. Congratulations to Dave and Lauren Mirra!
2006 X-Games, August 3-6, 2006, Los Angeles, CA.
BMX rider Dave Mirra, the most decorated athlete in X Games history, lacerated his liver during practice and missed the event.
Dave and Lauren welcomed their first child Madison Michael Mirra in September 2006.
Dave Mirra Secret Warehouse Session. Craziness!
10th place pro park @ FISE 2007, Montpellier, France, may 16-20, 2007.
Dave Mirra, www.mirrabikeco.com, may 2007: The fise contest this year was amazing. Not only was the riding just ridiculous but the crowd was the enormous. The event was held on the water while all the people sat on the river banks that were like 25 ft. tall overlooking the ramps. Did I mention there were thousands of screaming fans? Words cant really explain the energy in Montpellier this weekend. Every event was slammed packed with fans and the level of riding just blew my mind. Mark Webb, Ben Wallace, Daniel Dhers, Ben Hennon, Mike Spinner, Mike Miller, Mike Laird, Alessandro, and many more were the stars of the show. Sometimes too much traveling can really burn you out and before I got to France I was like man if I could stay home this weekend Id be psyched. Well, in the end I am so glad I got to witness what went down at Fise 07 and the crowd was just unbelievable. The support for bmx was amazing. Looking back, I wouldnt miss it for anything and I recommend making it to France in 08.
www.mirrabikeco.com: There is a new BMX magazine in town: Session. The premiere issue came just off the press and features Dave Mirra on the cover riding at his private warehouse in Greenville. Team rider Ryan Guettler shot the photo
Adam, thecomeupbmx.net, january 2012: Mirra doesnt really ride BMX that much anymore from what I can tell, so you probably could have seen this one coming.