Former world downhill champion Melissa “Missy” Giove entered a guilty plea Tuesday on conspiracy charges relating to marijuana smuggling ring.
The 37-year-old Giove was arrested along with 26-year-old Tamara Geagly and 30-year-old Eric Canori near Saratoga Springs, New York, in June. Drug Enforcement Administration agents seized more than 300 pounds of marijuana when the arrests were made.
Giove agreed to cooperate with prosecutors, who appear to have agreed to recommending a reduced sentence in exchange. Giove is scheduled to be sentenced on March 25 and, even with a plea agreement, still faces up to five years in prison.
Giove, also known as “The Missile,” earned a total of 14 NORBA national downhill titles, 11 UCI World Cup victories, two overall World Cup titles and the world championship in 1994.