By Jason Sumner, Associate Editor
The saga known as Missy took another twisted turn two weeks ago during a training ride near Durango, Colorado. According to Giove, she was riding just south of the small Colorado town when she crashed, then fell off the edge of a “17 to 25-foot high” sheer cliff. The ensuing landing left her with a broken left leg and severely strained ligaments in both knees.
“It was just a routine crash until I slid right off, bike and all,” said Giove, reigning national downhill champion and runner up in last year’s World Cup standings. “But broken bones are a lot better than tears, so I’m not even sweating it.”
Indeed, Giove seemed to think the worst thing that would come of her latest injury was a cancelled trip to this week’s Winter X-Games. She had been planning to race in skier-cross Thursday and Friday in Mount Snow, Vermont.
“It’s a bummer I’ve got to miss that, but I’m already off crutches,” she said. “My goal is to be ready to ride at the camp.” Giove, a member of the newly formed Global Racing team, is slated to head to Australia in mid-February for the team’s pre-season get together.
This is by no means the first encounter “The Missile” has had with the doctor. During her 10-year career, she figures she’s broken upwards of 38 bones, including both kneecaps, both heels, her collarbone and her pelvis.
“One year I came from being in a wheelchair to winning world’s,” she said. “I’m not going to get to worried about this. I’m already doing one-legged squats, going to the gym, and riding the trainer.”
And on the subject of riding Giove also revealed her intentions for the upcoming season. Despite a recent Global Racing press release touting her team’s use of British-based Orange bikes, for now anyway, Giove will continue to ride a Foes-Azonic steed.
“I’m helping Orange design and develop a downhill bike, and I’ll be riding their slalom bike and their cross country bike and their road bike,” she said. “But until a new downhill bike design is finalized I’ll be on a Foes. This way I don’t have to go through the growing pains.
“It’s nice to have that kind of freedom and that’s why I went with this team in the first place.”