RESULTS

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

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
4 -TIME QUEEN OF CRANKWORX
31 CRANKWORX GOLD MEDALS

41 CRANKWORX PODIUMS
5 WORLD CUP DOWNHILL PODIUMS
CRANKWORX PUMPTRACK WORLD CHAMPION

9- TIME PUMPTRACK CHAMPION
BMX HALL OF FAME ‘12
HOMETOWN HERO- CITY OF KIRKLAND
GUEST APPEARANCE ON OPRAH


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BMX TITLES

1989-2003, 2007-2008

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


DOWNHILL TITLES

2010-PRESENT

7-Time USA Downhill Champion '10,'11,'13,'14,'15,'16,'17

5- UCI World Cup DH Podiums

Top 5 World Champs -'13,'14

5-Time Crankworx - Air DH Champ- '13,'14,'15,'16,'17

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

2-Time US Open DH Champion- '11, '17

NW Cup Series Champion- DH- '10

Crankworx Colorado- DH Champ- '10

Triple DHip DH Champion- '11


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4X TITLES

2002-2007, 2009

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


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SLALOM TITLES

2002-2007, 2009-PRESENT

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

7-Time Crankworx - Slalom '09,'11,'12,'13,'15,'16,'17

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

 


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PUMPTRACK TITLES

2010-PRESENT

Crankworx Pumptrack World Champion- '16

6-Time Crankworx Canada- Pump track Champion

'10,'11,'12,'13,'15,'16

Crankworx NZ Pump track Champion- '16

Crankworx France Pump Track Champ- '16, '17

 

 

 


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ENDURO TITLES

2015-PRESENT

USA National Enduro Champ, '15


CRANKWORX RESULTS

2004-PRESENT

2015 Rotorua Pump Track Challenge – Silver

2015 Giant Dual Slalom Whistler – Gold

2015 Ultimate Pump Track Challenge Whistler – Gold

2015 Air DH at Crankworx Whistler – Gold

2016 Dual Speed & Style Rotorua – Gold

2016 Rotorua Pump Track Challenge – Gold

2016 Crankworx Rotorua DH – Gold

2016 Whip-Off Championship Les Gets – Silver

2016 Les Gets Dual Slalom – Gold

2016 Les Gets Pump Track Challenge – Gold

2016 Air DH Whistler – Gold

2016 Ultimate Pump Track Challenge Whistler – Gold

2016 Dual Slalom Whistler – Gold

2016 CRANKWORX PUMPTRACK WORLD CHAMPION

2016 QUEEN OF CRANKWORX

2017 Rotorua Pump Track Challenge presented by RockShox – Silver

2017 Rotorua Air DH – Silver

2017 Innsbruck Pump Track Challenge – Silver

2017 Innsbruck DH – Silver

2017 Les Gets Pump Track Challenge presented by RockShox – Gold

2017 Fox Air DH at Crankworx Whistler – Gold

2017 Ultimate Pump Track Challenge Whistler – Silver

2017 Giant Dual Slalom at Crankworx Whistler – Gold

2017 QUEEN OF CRANKWORX

2004 Biker X Whistler – Gold

2005 Biker X Whistler – Gold

2006 Biker X Whistler – Gold

2009 Dual Slalom Whistler – Gold

2009 Air DH Whistler – Silver

2009 Giant Slalom Whistler – Gold

2010 Colorado Dual Slalom – Gold

2010 Colorado DH – Gold

2010 Ultimate Pump Track Challenge Whistler – Gold

2011 Air DH Whistler – Silver

2011 Dual Slalom Whistler – Gold

2011 Giant Slalom Whistler – Gold

2011 Ultimate Pump Track Challenge Whistler – Gold

2011 QUEEN OF GRAVITY

2012 Ultimate Pump Track Challenge Whistler – Gold

2013 Ultimate Pump Track Challenge  Whistler – Gold

2013 Giant Dual Slalom at Crankworx Whistler – Gold

2013 Air DH at Crankworx Whistler – Gold

2013 CRANKWORX QUEEN OF GRAVITY

2014 Ultimate Pump Track Challenge Whistler – Silver

2014 Giant Dual Slalom Whistler – Gold

2014 Air DH at Crankworx Whistler – Gold

 


History

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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. She turned Pro at age 14, thus 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 mountain biking. A tricky transition, it took time to adapt to the new scene and rugged terrain, but with relentless dedication, Jill acquired a collection of prestigious titles in a discipline called 4X, 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, 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.

Team mates Mike Day (Silver) and Donny Robinson (Bronze) also medaled, making for a great journey and bold statement about American BMX. 

LIFE AFTER OLYMPICS.....

Shortly after the games, Jill had her knee reconstructed and spent 6 months steadily rehabbing. 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. 

 

JILL HAD THIS TO SAY,,,

"The Olympic experience was by far the biggest accomplishment of my life. To leave my comfort zone and go back to a sport I left, to become one of the first in history to experience Olympic BMX was pretty amazing. There were a lot of life factors to overcome through injury, losing my dad, being away from bryn, living at the training center, relearning the sport, and the pressure. It was by far a team effort to get a medal, plus luck, so I want to thank everyone who was a part of the process.

Huge THANKS to; my Dad for endless support and 10,000hrs (RIP), my mom for giving us independence, peace, and happiness, Bryn for every day, BMX coach Greg Romero for bringing passion and experience to the table, Steve "MF" Bammel for tough love and laughs in the gym, USAC for stepping up, USOC for a winning environment, trainers for keeping us in one piece, 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, my brother for making me tough, Kintners for the love, Scott Sharples for teaching me lots, NBL for making good tracks, my rivals for teaching me to work hard, 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:)".