Jill Kintner is a badass on a bike and has been for more than half of her life. Regardless of the discipline, she had a drive to be the best on her bike and that drive was first instilled by her dad. Her story is a rollercoaster of emotions dominated by a lot of wins and one huge loss, it’s worthy of its own afterschool special. Jill tells her story, from the NW, to the Olympics, and beyond.
Jill Kintner Show Notes:
1:30: Winning the US Open and dealing with the conditions
5:00: Born in Seattle and chasing around her brother
7:00: Riding transitions and other sports and what she sucks at
9:26: Were there any girls to look up to when she was a kid?
12:38: Being a privateer and how her life is different than teammate Rachel Atherton.
15:38: Why is she not racing on the World Cup anymore?
20:10: Becoming pro at 14 and traveling on her mom buddy passes and the support of her parents.
24:00: Keeping her success quiet because she was shy and how she did in school
26:00: Having a social life in high school.
28:21: Hitting a wall with BMX and going to design school at RIT and then school in SF
30:44: BMX is going to be part of the Olympics and then losing her dad
34:50: Hurting her knee twice. Once right before the games and the drama of almost not making the team
38:16: The pressure on the top dawgs at the Olympics and her Olympic run
39:42: The emotions of winning a medal for her Dad and with her family and then the media tour
41:20: Win a medal get dropped from your sponsor and how the medal separates her from the rest of the bikers out there
42:52: Re-defining herself after the Olympics and focusing on downhill.
43:58: Her life in Bellingham and the pump track that she lobbied to have built.