OLYMPIC BMX BRONZE MEDALIST ‘08
3-TIME UCI 4X WORLD CHAMPION
2-TIME UCI 4X WORLD CUP CHAMPION
15 UCI WORLD CUP 4X WINS
19- TIME USA NATIONAL CHAMPION
17 SEA OTTER CLASSIC WINS
33 CRANKWORX EVENT WINS
3 -TIME QUEEN OF CRANKWORX
5 WORLD CUP DOWNHILL PODIUMS
9- TIME PUMPTRACK CHAMPION
CRANKWORX PUMPTRACK WORLD CHAMPION
BMX HALL OF FAME ‘12
HOMETOWN HERO- CITY OF KIRKLAND
GUEST APPEARANCE ON OPRAH
OLYMPIC BMX BRONZE MEDALIST- '08
USA OLYMPIAN- '08
US National Champion, Elite Women- '08
US National Champion, Pro Women NBL- '02
ABA World Champion, Pro Women- '02
UCI World Champion- '97 - 16 girls
7-Time USA Downhill Champion '10,'11,'13,'14,'15,'16,'17
5- UCI World Cup DH Podiums
Top 5 World Champs -'13,'14
4-Time Crankworx - Air DH Champ- '13,'14,'15,'16
Crankworx NZ DH Champ- '16
3 Time Crankworx Queen of Gravity- '11,'13,'16
3-Time ProGRT Series Champ- '10,'11,'15
5-Time Sea Otter DH Champ- '12,'13,'15,'16,'17
US Open DH Champion- '11
NW Cup Series Champion- DH- '10
Crankworx Colorado- DH Champ- '10
Triple DHip DH Champion- '11
3-Time UCI 4X World Champion- '05,'06,'07
2-Time UCI World Cup 4X Overall Champion-'05,'06,
15 UCI World Cup 4X Victories
4-Time US National Champion 4X
2-Time Jeep "Queen" of the Mountain
4-Time Crankworx 4X Champ
3- Time Sea Otter Classic 4x Champion
Norba 4X Series Champion
Australian 4X Series Champion
6- Time USA Slalom National Champ- '11,'13,'14,'15,'16,'17
7-Time Sea Otter Slalom Champ-'10,'11,'12,'13,'15,'16,'17
6-Time Crankworx - Slalom '09,'11,'12,'13,'15,'16
3- Time US Open GS Champ- '09,'10,'11
2-Time Crankworx Giant Slalom Champ '09, '11
Crankworx Colorado- Slalom Champ-'10
Crankworx NZ - Speed and Style Champ - '16
Crankworx France- Slalom Champ - '16
Crankworx Pumptrack World Champion- '16
6-Time Crankworx Canada- Pump track Champion
Crankworx NZ Pump track Champion- '16
Crankworx France Pump Track Champ- '16, '17
USA National Enduro Champ, '15
THE OLYMPIC STORY...
From a young age, Jill spent most of her childhood playing soccer and riding bikes. She took well to competitive riding around the neighborhood with the boys, and when her older brother Paul started racing BMX, 8 year old Jill soon followed. Starting locally in Seattle at North Sea-Tac BMX, Jill won her first National race by age 10 in Sumner, WA, and became Pro at age 14 taking her craft all the way to the elite level for many years.
In 2002 after earning the Pro Women's National BMX Title, Jill moved to the Bay Area for Design School, and discovered 4X mountain biking. A tricky transition, it took time to adapt to the new scene and rugged terrain, but with relentless dedication, Jill accuired a collection of prestigious titles highlighted by 3 consecutive World Titles from '05-'07. It was in this time that she also met Aussie Downhiller Bryn Atkinson, who would become her best pal, teacher, teammate, and future husband:).
After five years successfully racing mountain bikes, the Olympic Games were introduced to BMX, and Jill couldn't resist the opportunity to represent her country at the inaugural 2008 event in Beijing. Jill moved to the Olympic training center in Chula Vista, CA for the 2 years leading up to the event, absorbing the Olympic experience to the fullest through all the highs and lows.
With the qualifying points chase underway, Jill had an accident early on which ruptured her ACL and tore her medial meniscus. The games were less than a year away, so she elected to wear a brace and push through. Jill managed her injury and was able to lead the charge for American women most of the campaign. It wasn't until the final stretch, with only a couple rounds to go (18 rounds total), a training accident caused another set back. Jil re-injured her knee and surgery was needed immediately to fix a mangled meniscus (bucket handle tear).
With the resources available from Red Bull and the Olympic Training Center, Jill rehabbed her knee like crazy and was able to compete at the World Championships in Taiyuan, China 3 weeks post surgery! She battled through the motos, narrowly advancing, and would eventually squeak into the main event and finish 6th in the World. With that miraculous finish, she reclaimed the points lead by ONE point, and punched her ticket to the Olympic Games as the top American female.
At the same time, her good friend/ roommate/and training partner Arielle Martin had been in prime position, but a crash in an early round eliminated any chance of scoring points, as well as the opportunity for two US women to qualify. Mixed emotions overwhelmed that day as dreams were made and lost, but Jill went to Beijing and won an Olympic Bronze medal with no ACL, a lot of grit, and a rollercoaster of a ride to get there.
The media wave took over after that with appearances on CBS sports, Fox News, a The Oprah Winfrey show, etc. It was an experience unlike anything else. Jill did her best to make an impact within the sport as a spokesperson through the local BMX events, speaking appearances at schools, radio shows, media appearances, and charity dinners.
Jill would like to THANK: "My Dad for endless support and 10,000hrs (RIP), my mom for peace and happiness, Bryn for every day, Greg Romero my bmx coach for his passion, Steve "MF" Bammel for tough love in the gym, USAC for stepping up, USOC for a winning environment, Red Bull for going above and beyond, GT for custom bikes and full support, Arielle for the big picture, Mike King for a path to bmx again, my brother for making me real tough, Kintners for the love, Scott Sharples for teaching me lots, NBL for making good tracks, and everyone I ever met who was a part of this achievement. I hope I represented well, and gave a positive voice to inspire others to be healthy and love riding bikes as much as I do:)".
LIFE AFTER OLYMPICS.....
Shortly after the games, Jill had her knee reconstructed and spent 6 months steadily rehabbing her knee. April 2009 Jill returned to 4x mountain-bike racing able to win World Cups, but felt uninspired after the surging Olympic experience. Wishing for a new challenge, she made the switch to Downhill racing and was mentored by Bryn, again, to stand on the World Cup podium in a new discipline.
Jill currently races Downhill, slalom, pump track, and Enduro for Norco Bicycles and Red Bull, and lives in Bellingham, Wa. She strives for top level performance goals, is a certified guide instructor, happily married, and dedicates time to give back to the community through various charity efforts and coaching. Jill has mastered many skills and takes her championship drive into all pursuits.
Shout out to: Nature, Sponsors, Loved ones, friends, and the biking community. xoxo