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Dave Mirra Biography

Picture of Dave Mirra launching a big air on his BMX bike during the X Games.
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Photo of Dave Mirra doing a BMX trick on his bike at the X Games.
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From his big backflips to his massive airs, Kidzworld checks out freestyle BMX master, Dave Mirra.

Dave Mirra - His First Ride

Dave Mirra was born on April 4, 1974 in Syracuse, New York and raised in the small town of Chittenango, NY. Mirra started riding BMX when he was about eight years old and started jumping curbs, flying over homemade ramps and trying any other trick he could think of. By the time he was 13, freestyle BMX was becoming big and Dave Mirra started to get noticed for his amazing flatland tricks and big air maneuvers.

Dave Mirra - Highs and Lows

Dave Mirra turned pro in 1992 at the age of 18 and it wasn't long before he became the master of BMX vert riding. But the next year, Dave Mirra was hit by a drunk driver while crossing the street and doctors said he might never be able to ride BMX again. After a long recovery from a fractured skull and a badly damaged shoulder, Dave Mirra returned to the top of the BMX world.

Dave Mirra - Freestyle BMX Legend

Dave Mirra is now considered a freestyle BMX legend. He's won 18 medals at the X Games, including 12 gold, making him the most decorated athlete in X Games history! Dave Mirra has invented dozens of freestyle BMX tricks and was the first rider to pull off a double back flip in competition. His amazing maneuvers on the bike have earned him the nickname, Miracle Boy and he even has his own video game for the Playstation 2 called Dave Mirra: Freestyle BMX.

Dave Mirra - Fun Facts

  • When Dave Mirra isn't riding BMX, he loves to play golf. He even holds a charity golf tournament each year to raise money for kids with critical and chronic illnesses.
  • In 1995, Dave Mirra crashed hard during a competition and had to have his spleen removed (Ouch)!
  • Dave Mirra's favorite chow is sushi and Italian food.

  • For more info and trick tips from Dave Mirra, head to www.davemirra.com.

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