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Seattle, WA
Profession: Mountaincross/BMX rider
Birth date: Oct 24, 1981
Hometown: Seattle, Washington, USA
Current Residence: Seattle, Washington, USA, and Blue Mountains, AUS (Winter)

Post Olympic

After capturing the 2008 USA Cycling BMX National Championship title, Jill Kintner went on to win the bronze medal in BMX racing in the sport¹s Olympic debut this summer in Beijing. Kintner started racing BMX locally in Seattle at age 8, and by 16 was competing professionally all around the world. As a BMX racer, Kintner has an estimated 70+ career wins, including, in 2002, the National Bicycle League Women's pro title and American Bicycle Association World Championship. After accomplishing most of her goals with BMX racing, owning nearly every major title, Kintner decided to change course in 2002 and switched to the larger wheeled sport of mountain bike racing, mainly competing in the gravity event of "mountaincross" aka "4x"‹where she is the three-time U.S. national champion, two-time UCI World Cup Overall Champion, and the three-time UCI World Champion in '05, '06, and 2007.



Jill Kintner Becomes First American Female BMX Olympic Athlete
We’re not often talking about BMX Racing but it is going to be in the Olympics so it’s worth giving a little bit of play. The latest news is that Jill Kintner has officially been selected as the first American female on the BMX Racing Olympic team.

Because of how the qualifying events have gone, Kintner is currently the sole American woman guaranteed a spot in the Olympics.

After a strong showing at the final BMX women’s qualifying race in China this past weekend, Jill Kintner, 26, earned a place on the US Olympic team in the new discipline of BMX Racing. Kintner is the only American woman with a guaranteed spot to compete when the sport makes its Olympic debut in August.

Kintner overcame two knee injuries while training, first declining surgery after an ACL rupture in order to stay on track to compete. A second injury forced her to have arthroscopic surgery to trim her meniscus and remove scar tissue, just weeks before the final race. Kintner was able to recover through physical therapy and intensive training and successfully raced her way to the Olympic team, just one point ahead of training partner, roommate and competitor Arielle Martin.

After clinching the spot, Kintner wrote on her website, “I am proud of myself considering how much I have had to overcome to make this happen. It has been a rough journey and a little bitter sweet even now, as Arielle and I have been working so hard together.”

Kintner is a three time Mountaincross world champion, which is a discipline of downhill mountain biking that pits four racers against each other on a technical course with jumps. Although she maintained a successful BMX racing career as a teenager, Kintner transitioned to mountain biking in 2002 for a new challenge. With the induction of BMX racing in the 2008 Olympics, Kintner made the switch back to her childhood sport for the potential to compete in Beijing.

Raised in Seattle, WA, Kintner has been living at the Olympic Training Center near San Diego, CA since January in order to have access to top trainers and to practice on the race track that is an exact replica of the BMX track that will be used in the Beijing Olympics.

When not racing, Kintner pursues her passion for graphic design and creates art and imagery for her website www.jillkintner.com.



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