Jill Kintner has accomplished more on two wheels than the rest of us have been able to muster on our own two feet. After a successful professional BMX career culminated in the NBL National Title when she was just 20 years old, she moved into the emerging sport of mountain bike four-cross (4X) and quickly dominated it, scoring three consecutive world championship titles and countless other accolades.
Her first passion came calling once again when BMX racing was added to the line-up at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, and Kintner returned to her roots to score the coveted spot on the U.S. Olympic team, bringing home an historic bronze medal. She returned to 4X the following year and switched to downhill in 2010, earning an unprecedented run of three distinctly different U.S. National titles in consecutive years: BMX in ’08, 4X in ’09 and downhill in ’10.
Kintner is now focused on mountain bike downhill and slalom racing, with another world championship title in her sights. It’s likely that her championship pedigree will carry her to the top once again, but more importantly, her drive to continually seek out new challenges on the bike is keeping her as happy as she was the first day she pedaled through the dirt.