Gee Atherton US Open 2010 Sven Martin

The U.S. Open of Mountain Biking went down over the weekend, with Jill Kintner and Gee Atherton pulling second-place finishes in Downhill, while Jill won Giant Slalom.

Duplicating his result from 2009, Atherton took second place again at the premier United States mountain bike downhill race of the year at the Diablo Freeride Park in New Jersey.

Many of the world's leading racers turned out to compete in the prestigious one-off race, which boasted $55,000 in cash and prizes. Gee flew in on a whistlestop visit ahead of his home World Cup in Fort William and kept his consistent start to the year rolling, finishing just 0.54 seconds behind South African Andrew Neethling.

The finish-line jump gave many riders problems, including Kintner, who walked away from a crash on Saturday with a handful of bruises and a folded front wheel. When the Downhill finals came, she opted to take the run-around route to avoid being yet another in a long line of casualties, finishing just .4 seconds behind Tracy Moseley.

Kinter took the top spot in GS qualifying, then delivered the fastest time in run one of the Final, despite a bit of rain on the course. Her time went unmatched by the rest of the field, putting her on top of the podium.

US Open Downhill – Men's
1) Andrew Neethling - 2:19.55
2) Gee Atherton - 2:20.09
3) Justin Leov - 2:20.36

US Open Downhill – Women's
1) Tracy Moseley - 2.40.16
2) Jill Kintner - 2.40.57
3) Melissa Buhl - 2.42.58

US Open Giant Slalom - Women
1- Jill Kintner - 43.18
2- Melissa Buhl - 44.74
3- Tracy Moseley - 45.90

For more on the Atherton family, head over to The Atherton Project, and to follow Jill Kintner’s season, check out her personal blog.


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