BMX legend Dave Mirra died on Thursday via a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
“At approximately 4pm today, Greenville Police responded to the 200 block of Pinewood Road for an apparent suicide. Upon arrival, officers discovered Dave Mirra, 41, of Greenville, sitting in a truck with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.” Police in Greenville, North Carolina announced.
The career highlights of the BMX legend are impossible to count. On the saddest day of BMX history, let us look at some of Dave Mirra’s achievements.
1) Dave Mirra has not only inspired a generation BMX riders but a host of extreme sports athletes in general. He took riding bikes to next level and received his first sponsorship at the age of thirteen from General Bikes. A year later he received another sponsorship from Haro.
2) In 1989, Dave Mirra produced an amazing performance in the King of Vert competition in New York. This led him to sign for the Dyno Team on spot. He went pro in 1992 and landed in the cover for the Invert Magazine.
3) 1993 marked one of the greatest moments in Dave Mirra’s career. He beat Mat Hoffman, who was unbeaten for the previous three years. Although the BMX industry took a downturn from 1988, Mirra was determined in his ability and went on to make a name for himself at various events. The year ended on a disastrous note though as he was hit by a drunk driver and his survival was doubtful.
4) It took over a year for Dave Mirra to return back mentally and physically. In 1995 he returned with a bang in the inaugural ESPN X-Games. Mirra won silver in the BMX Vert competition. He then went on a medal winning streak until the 2006 X-Games where he had to withdraw due to an injury.
5) Dave Mirra has twenty-four X-Game medals to his name and has won the ESPY Award for the Best Male Action Sports Athlete in 2005.
Dave Mirra has won everything there is to win in BMX racing. He will continue to inspire athletes for generations to come.
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