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Dave started riding at the age of four with his brother and was jumping curbs and flying over dirt ramps by the time he turned five He never thought he was special when he entered his first BMX freestyle contest in Columbus Ohio at age ten and placed second to last But he just loved riding a bike and discovered that he was best suited to ramp riding Soon he mastered the vert slopes and got on sponsored teams with Haro bikes being the first at age 13 By the time he graduated from high school he was a professional BMX rider and considered one of the top ramp riders in the world He has gone on to become known as Miracle Boy for the many incredible moves he added to the sport It could also be due to the fact that he is the athlete that has won more medals in BMX history and has a combined total of 12 X Games medals in street and vert - 9 gold and 3 silver Dave holds the record for the most gold medals won for and X Games athlete In the 2000 X-Games he pulled off the first-ever double back flip in a competition In 2000 Dave was one of two extreme sports athletes to be recognized as a notable sports icon in all sports with his media value alone reaching an approximate 25 million Currently residing in Greenville North Carolina Dave is respected among his rider buddies as the leading influencer of BMX He was voted BMX Rider of the Year at the 2001 ESPN Action Sports Music Awards and in 1999 he was voted BMXer of the Year by BMX Magazine His one of the most recognized professional athletes among the young bikers of today through his TV appearances action figures TV commercials trading cards signature bike and shoe Dave has appeared on the cover
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