Name: Jill Kintner
Birthdate: October 24, 1982
Birthplace: Seattle, Washington
Height: 5-foot- 6
Started racing: BMX, 1991; mountain
Turned pro: BMX, age 14; MTB, age 21
Racing specialty: Slalom, downhill, 4x,
BMX, pump track
Favorite course (North America):
Dryhill, Port Angeles, Washington
Favorite course (Europe): Hafjell,
Favorite food: Soups
Goals: Take my riding to the highest
level. Be a good person. Give back.
Heroes: Bryn, Serena Williams, Roger
Federer, Shaq, my friends, my parents,
and people who do amazing things.
Favorite movie: Kill Bill 2
Favorite hobbies: Art and design,
pickleball, hiking, moto, being outside,
Jobs held (other than racer): Nothing
that cool: landscaping, tile with my dad,
coaching, graphic design, team owner,
MBA: Where did you grow up?
MBA: What kind of work do (did) your
Jill: Mom worked for United; Dad was
a tile and marble contractor.
MBA: When did you first learn to
ride a bike?
Jill: Supposedly 2 years old.
MBA: Who taught you?
Jill: My mom.
MBA: What kind of biking did you do
before mountain biking?
Jill: I grew up racing BMX at our local
track, North Sea Tac BMX. I did well
enough to take it to an Olympic medal.
MBA: When did you get your first
Jill: In 1999 I had a beater Rocky
Mountain XC hardtail. My first real mountain bike was an Intense Tazer 4x bike.
MBA: When did you start competing on
Jill: In 1999, I raced that XC bike at Sea
Otter. In 2002, I raced Pro 4x and slalom.
MBA: How did you finish in your first
Jill: I won.
MBA: Did you win any titles as an
Jill: In BMX I did. MTB, I won Sea
Otter slalom but couldn’t shift or keep my
MBA: What have been your best results
as a pro?
Jill: World titles, an Olympic medal and
17 national championships across five
MBA: Did you attend college?
Jill: I did. I went to school for graphic
design in Rochester, New York, and San
MBA: What awards did you win in
school, if any?
Jill: High school honor roll, MVP on varsity soccer and #1 singles in varsity tennis.
MBA: What other sports have you done?
Jill: Soccer for most of my youth, tennis,
racquetball, snowboarding, [motocross],
minimal climbing and lots of hiking.
MBA: If possible, please tell us
something interesting or unusual about
yourself or your family.
Jill: My brother was a professional BMX
dirt jumper in the X Games long ago. My
dad did downhill skiing for the University
of Washington. My mom likes African
drumming. My husband, Bryn Atkinson,
is a professional downhill mountain biker
MBA: Is there some other interesting
fact or trivia that people might like to know
Jill: I’m left-handed. I’ve been on
“The Oprah Winfrey Show.” I drive a
sprinter van. ❏