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Old February 5th, 2016, 05:36 AM
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http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/articl...rolina-aged-41

Probably CET related.
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Old February 5th, 2016, 06:54 AM
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No way....that guy was all over the magazines back when I was riding flatland. He was, to me, one of the first "squeaky clean" street riders and seemed to be the poster-boy of street and pipe for the x-games. His Haro ads were all over the place.

It's hard to understand what that lifestyle would be like for an adult. BMX was a short, largely adolescent period of time for me and I was only there for the resurgence in the 90's. I used to read every single interview in RIDE magazine and each pro guy was basically working odd jobs. Usually they were mysterious loners (e.g. Chase Gouin), various man-children whose biggest dreams in life was having a house and a dirt jumping course or halfpipe in the back yard, or glorified stuntment (e.g. Matt Hoffman). There were crews (like SBC had) and odd manufacturers making grand claims (remember Bob Morales?)

To me, Dave Mirra was the first person on street/vert/pipe that carried across the look of a commercial success. Sad to see him pass away.
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Old February 5th, 2016, 07:05 AM
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No way....that guy was all over the magazines back when I was riding flatland. He was, to me, one of the first "squeaky clean" street riders and seemed to be the poster-boy of street and pipe for the x-games. His Haro ads were all over the place.
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Agreed.
He was also a rider that tv could interview and he could speak intelligently.
He even hosted later on, I think.

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Old February 5th, 2016, 08:58 AM
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I used to run into him all the time in college. He frequented one of the bars we always went. You got used to seeing all the BMX guys riding downtown Greenville since it isnt a huge place. Hell Ryan Nyquist used to live a block from me.

He was a real nice guy. Just strange seeing someone who accomplished so much resort to that. He had just posted to instagram right before of his wife and an old trophy.
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Old February 5th, 2016, 09:16 AM
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All the people I follow on IG had a pic of Mirra last night with the sad news. I had been driving up to VT for 7 hours so it was like a huge wave.

Never met him or saw him ride in person but from his coverage you could tell how good he was. His section in Expendable Youth is legendary. And always had a great clip in Props. He was a big influence on me as he was only a few years younger but still ripping - so gave me no excuse to ride stuff that was a fraction of what he was doing!

When I saw he was doing tris/road racing and racing rally cars I wasn't surprised that he kept being very competitive. Can't believe he would take his own life - he is probably THE one that put freestyle BMX in a limelight (but in a very good way) and influenced so many riders. Ride in Peace.
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Old February 5th, 2016, 09:18 AM
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Really sucks. So weird. Yesterday I saw this article about Ryan Nyquist on Pinkbike and it made me wonder what Mirra was up to and literally a few hours later the news came out. The guy was a legend.
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Old February 5th, 2016, 09:21 AM
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I used to run into him all the time in college. He frequented one of the bars we always went. You got used to seeing all the BMX guys riding downtown Greenville since it isnt a huge place. Hell Ryan Nyquist used to live a block from me. He was a real nice guy. Just strange seeing someone who accomplished so much resort to that. He had just posted to instagram right before of his wife and an old trophy.
Seemed like Greenville was the mecca for ramp/park riding with those guys there at that time. There were posts of him getting a lot of concussions and that might have been part of it. But I don't remember him having a lot of bad crashes like Mat Hoffman.

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Really sucks. So weird. Yesterday I saw this article about Ryan Nyquist on Pinkbike and it made me wonder what Mirra was up to and literally a few hours later the news came out. The guy was a legend.
Saw that Nyquist is riding big bikes now.

And the news about Kelly McGerry earlier this week. Wtf?!
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I know he had plenty of concussions, plus the amount of damage put on his body. I remember hearing him talk about the number of injuries sustained through the years. He was willing to take whatever hit and get back up again and again. I wish I had those sort of balls.

He had been training for triathlons and kept busy with plenty of other work. He had just built a new house outside of Greenville as well. Leaving behind a wife and two kids. Just seems really odd.
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Old February 5th, 2016, 09:41 AM
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I know he had plenty of concussions, plus the amount of damage put on his body. I remember hearing him talk about the number of injuries sustained through the years. He was willing to take whatever hit and get back up again and again. I wish I had those sort of balls. He had been training for triathlons and kept busy with plenty of other work. He had just built a new house outside of Greenville as well. Leaving behind a wife and two kids. Just seems really odd.
He rode so damn smooth that it never looked like he crashed much. He learned how to ride in the era where you just had to figure tricks out the hard way. No foam or resi and when he was young not much video to see how things were done. You could tell he was tough as nails.

I've had a handful of concussions when I was younger and there are times I just blank on information. So I cannot imagine what it is like for someone with more serious head trauma and what they deal with. But for a fighter like Mirra it must have been some very big demons inside to leave his girls.
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Old February 5th, 2016, 10:12 AM
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I'm still in shock. I met him a few different times when he vacationed in Wintergreen. He signed my youngest son, Perry's, bike/snowboard helmet the first time we met him. And after that he would always wave at Perry when he saw him on the slopes.

He was such a regular dude.
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So sad. And for Kelly McGarry as well.
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Old February 5th, 2016, 02:38 PM
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I'm still in shock. I met him a few different times when he vacationed in Wintergreen. He signed my youngest son, Perry's, bike/snowboard helmet the first time we met him. And after that he would always wave at Perry when he saw him on the slopes. He was such a regular dude.
Great story Clay - I've been reading a lot how he was down to earth.
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Last night when I saw the news it was very sad. He was the man during my BMX days. I remember watching him in the X games every year.
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My first friend and original neighbor killed herself a few months ago.

I'm still very confused and dejected by how hard it is to understand where their poor minds must be when they say no mas.

I tell my kids everyday they have to love themselves.
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Probably CET related.


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Dave Mirra and Bubba Smith are the latest athletes diagnosed with CTE after their deaths - LA Times




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