Missy began cycling at the age of 15 in her home state of Minnesota. As a junior athlete, she won national championship medals in the time trial and criterium, before being awarded a 4 year full-ride scholarship, to attend Fort Lewis College as an athlete on their cycling team.
As a collegiate athlete, she won over 35 national medals between track, cyclocross, and road, as well as winning the 2009 D1 Team Overall Cyclocross National title. In 2011, she qualified for the Kowalski’s Markets Collegiate All-Star team, after placing as a top individual in the omnium, and competed at the 2011 Nature Valley Grand Prix.
After graduating from Fort Lewis College in 2012, Missy began training as a track sprint athlete, moving from Durango, Colorado to Los Angeles, California. After 8 months, she as named one of two sprint female athlete to represent Team USA at the Pan Am Championships in Mexico City, Mexico, where she set a US National Record, and took the highest sprint female placing with a 4th in the keirin.
Since then, she has been a resident at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, has competed in over 7 countries, won more than 20 UCI events, 4 elite national titles, set multiple track records, a national record, and won a UCI track world cup medal in Cali, Colombia. She was part of three Pan American Championship teams, two track world cups, and also competed as the first US woman at a world championship in over 8 years, in 2015 in Paris France. She still remains the #1 ranked US sprint female since 2013. She is an experience road, track, cyclocross, and mountain bike rider, across the junior, collegiate, and elite level.
In 2015, as a Rio 2016 Olympic Hopeful, Missy was forced to stop training due to injuries in a crash, and has now turned her attention towards full time coaching with Big Picture Cycling.
Missy is the founder of the Lemonade Exchange and Missile Mentor Program, designed to help junior athletes, both male and female, find equipment in need at no cost, and to help shape and mold the next generation of athletes. She also works with ERO sports as a bike fit specialist, certified in track, time trial, and road fits. She has an incredible attention to detail, and a passion for working with junior and female athletes. She was awarded a Bachelor’s of Exercise Science, concentration in Exercise Specialist, and ad minor in coaching, from Fort Lewis College in 2012.