Trek World Racing's Aaron Gwin has just become the first American to win the DH at the US Open today, beating out Steve Smith and Justin Leov. In the Womens race Jill Kintner beat out Melissa Buhl and Joanna Petterson for the win.
This gives the USA a full sweep of the event, with wins in all 4 pro races. Gwin and Kintner in DH, and Kintner and Ropelato in GS.Mens DH top 5
1 Aaron GWIN Trek World Racing 2:19.35
2 Steve SMITH Devinci Global Racing 2:20.17 0.82
3 Justin LEOV Trek World Racing 2:22.19 2.84
4 Gee ATHERTON Commencal 2:22.26 2.91
5 Andrew NEETHLING Giant Factory Off-Road Team 2:23.83 4.48 Womens DH top 5
1 Jill KINTNER Transition/Red Bull 2:49.16
2 Melissa BUHL KHS Bicycles 2:51.57 2.41
3 Joanna PETTERSON Specialized 3:00.17 11.01
4 Jacqueline HARMONY All Mountain Cyclery 3:01.09 11.93
5 Miranda MILLER SantaCruz/SRAM/Pinkbike 3:01.58 12.42 Full results at bottom, video is here
On a sadder and unfortunate note Jill's team mate Lars Sternberg crashed near the start during finals and broke his fib. This comes only a week after Transition Racing's other rider, Bryn Atkinson, crashed at Plattekill breaking his femur and arm. It's been an incredibly hard week for the team and we wish all of them good thoughts and a quick recovery.
Melissa Buhl, keeping the tires down...
Eliot Jackson and Curtis Keene watching in practice...
2011OpenDHFINAL2011 US Open at Diablo Freeride Park