Weight: 140 lbs
Place of Birth: Seattle, Wash.
Residence: Chula Vista, Calif.
Pro Team/Sponsors: GT Bicycles/Red Bull/Oakley (USA)
Education: California College of Arts
Olympic Experience: 2008: 3rd in BMX
Once the International Olympic Committee announced that BMX would be added to the Olympic program beginning in 2008, three-time 4-cross world champion Jill Kintner traded in her mountain bike for a BMX bike. Even after becoming a BMX Junior World Champion at the age of 16 and notching over 70 career victories, Jill gave up the sport to focus on 4-cross mountain biking - a discipline in which she became arguably the best competitor in the sports' short five-year history.
After graduating high school, Jill competed on the national BMX circuit while studying fine arts and design at the California College of Arts. But after accomplishing all of her goals in BMX and winning most of the major titles the sport had to offer, Jill decided to pursue mountain bike racing - a dream she always had as a child. When the UCI introduced 4-cross in 2003, Kintner found her BMX skills transferred quite nicely, winning five consecutive world championship medals, including three straight world titles (2005-07), 13 World Cups and a pair of overall World Cup titles.
After returning to the BMX circuit in 2007, Kintner found the learning curve to be a bit of a challenge, but has quickly re-established herself as one of the nation's top BMX athletes. At the Olympic Test event in Beijing in August of 2007, she placed fifth, showing she's on pace to become one of the hopefuls for an Olympic medal.
Point of Interest
- With an interest in drawing, photography and graphic design, Jill designed her own website, www.jillkintner.com - a domain name she had to obtain from her mother's opportunistic trash collector who originally registered the URL.
- Jill is currently a resident athlete at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif., where the USOC and USA Cycling constructed an exact replica of the Olympic track in Beijing.