24 year-old gravity specialist Jill Kintner has signed with GT Bicycles for 2006. Kintner has a background in BMX riding, which she was very successful at in her late teens, before switching to MTB when she was 21. In 2005, she won the 4X World Championship, World Cup, US Championship, Jeep King of the Mountain, Australian Series, Sea Otter, Crankworx, and took first place in the NORBA Slalom at Deer Valley.
"I'm a competitor and want to win every time I compete, but I also enjoy the camaraderie of the sport," said Kintner. "I have met extraordinary people from around the world and feel very lucky in my life to have had these opportunities through my bike racing.
"GT has always had the best of the best on their program, so for me to make it to that level and for them to recognize my accomplishments means a lot."