Dave Mirra

Dave Mirra survived a 1993 crossing-the-street-collision with a drunk driver — which left him with a fractured skull and dislocated shoulder — but that's not why they call him "Miracle Boy." No, the 31-year-old BMX badass earned it by successfully performing tricks previously thought impossible. Mirra’s 18 medals at the X Games (the 11th edition begins Aug. 4 on ESPN) along with his touring (like his current Dew Action Sports Tour) have made him a millionaire many times over and, most importantly, got him booked as a regular host on MTV’s Real World/Road Rules Challenge: The Inferno. Ohmigawd, he’ll totally be able to tell us what’s up with Veronica’s bad attitude!

TVGuide.com: Regarding your Daddy Warbucks ’do, is there a fear of combs here, or is this a preemptive strike against male pattern baldness?
Dave Mirra:
You know, I just think it’s easy. But I wasn’t balding at all. It’ll grow out, you'll see.

TVGuide.com: How do X-Gamers unwind after a long day of thrashing?
Go out, drink some wine, keep it mellow. I’m a cabernet guy.

TVGuide.com: Considering your past, are you hypersensitive about anyone having a drink before they drive?
I would tell anybody to not get behind the wheel when they’ve been drinking. It’s not smart. But I’m not hypersensitive about it.

TVGuide.com: Do bikers not like to practice in front of each other for fear they’ll show their hand?
I’m not much like that, but there are definitely guys who are. They keep it all private, and then "wow" people when they [perform].

TVGuide.com: What’s the most pain you’ve ever felt?
I was trying some triple tailwhips and I got pretty banged up all the way around. No broken bones, though.

TVGuide.com: [Pretending to know what "triple tailwhips" are] Sounds messed up. So what didn’t viewers see about your very special episode of Punk’d?
I pretty much knew what was going on, if you couldn’t tell by watching, so I had fun with ’em. They didn’t really air [those parts].

TVGuide.com: Where does most of your money come from these days? Endorsements? Video games?
There’s great prize money, but it definitely doesn’t lead up to what the endorsements [provide].

TVGuide.com: What is ole Dave's corporate worth these days, anyway?
To be honest, it’s not something I even like to talk about.

TVGuide.com: Er, me neither. Which of The Inferno cast members hit on you? Please say Dan.
Well, [my fiancée] was there and I think [the teams] respected the rules. You don’t hang out with the cast, and the cast doesn’t hang out with the host. It’s a competition, and there could be complications in terms of giving away secrets.

TVGuide.com: In your mind, who was the most mentally unstable?
Katie [Doyle of Road Rules 10] was a little weird. But the season she was on was just funny. She was always smoking and drinking, and they’re always choosing her for the Inferno. I just sat back and watched.

TVGuide.com: Was CT as much of a jerk as he appeared to be this season?
Um, he just plays a good character. They all know what they’re doing.

TVGuide.com: How did your fiancée react when People named you one of their 50 hottest bachelors?
I guess she feels lucky, right? She laughed about it.

TVGuide.com: What’s the typical X-Gamer’s chemical of choice? I’m guessing more pot than steroids?
I don’t think there’s too many guys on dope out there, or anything. I can’t really say. I’m sure there’s a little bit of everything somewhere. But I don’t think [our] trainers are linked to that kind of stuff.

TVGuide.com: Who gets more women: surfers, skaters or bikers?
Probably surfers, man. They always get the women.

TVGuide.com: What are you more proud of: being the first biker to perform a backward-double-flip, or being a Trivial Pursuit answer?
I think the Trivial Pursuit thing is awesome. Something I wouldn’t expect.

Mirra also will be competing in the next stop of the Dew Action Sports Tour, airing August 20 at 2:30 pm/ET, on NBC.