Athletes react to news of X Games icon Dave Mirra's death
By Shotgun Spratling
Feb 05, 2016 | 8:20 AM
Dave Mirra was an icon and a trendsetter.
He was the reason little kids tried to create separation between a tire and the ground whenever they bounded over a hump while riding their bicycle. He was the man that made Haro Bikes a household name for any athlete that participated in a sport with wheels.
Mirra dominated the sport of BMX like no other, contorting his body and bicycle as if they were a symbiotic unit. He produced and performed seemingly impossible tricks no one had even fathomed. Because of that, he won 24 X Games medals, including 14 that were gold, and he influenced a generation of young athletes.
Many of those athletes that grew up watching Mirra as well as those that shared the courses and ramps with him took to social media to share their emotions after Mirra was found dead in his hometown of Greenville, N.C., on Thursday of an apparent suicide.