American Jill Kintner is one of the world’s most versatile and accomplished mountain bike riders, earning Olympic bronze and nearly countless world, national and event championships across disciplines including BMX, Four-cross, Slalom, Downhill, Pumptrack and Enduro. In 2016 she claimed what amounts to the all-around title of MTB – Queen of Crankworx – for the third time.
Born in Seattle, Washington in 1981, Kintner started pro BMX competition at 14 and was one of the comeback stories of the 2008 Beijing Olympics when she fought her way to a bronze medal despite knee injury. In Four-cross, she dominated, collecting three UCI World Championship titles, 15 World Cup wins, two World Cup overall crowns and four US National titles.
Kintner’s triumphs in Slalom encompass five US National championships, six Sea Otter championships and six Crankworx titles. In Downhill, as of the end of 2016 she'd earned six US National championships, three ProGRT Series titles, three nods as Crankworx Queen of Gravity, and five World Cup podiums. Her Pumptrack highlights include Crankworx Pumptrack World Champion for 2016, and she won the 2015 US National title in Enduro.
Currently, Kintner devotes most of her training toward the multi-discipline Crankworx series, known as the most difficult competition in mountain biking.
Often the lone American female at international races, Kintner coaches camps for women and is doing her part to help bring up the next generation of riders. “I want to help build the national series and make American racing more prominent worldwide,” she says. “I'm hoping by me being there, other girls will see that I’ve had success and that will make an impact.”
In 2013, Kintner married Australian downhiller Bryn Atkinson, one of the top downhill mountain bikers in the world. The two support each other at races and are always looking out for one another.Read more