US Open - Aaron Gwin and Jill Kintner win DH!

May 29, 2011
by Ian Hylands  
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.
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.

Aaron Gwin
Aaron Gwin
Jill Kintner
Jill Kintner
Steve Smith
Steve Smith
Justin Leov
Justin Leov
Gee Atherton
Gee Atherton
Andrew Neethling
Andrew Neethling
Melissa Buhl, keeping the tires down...
Melissa Buhl, keeping the tires down...
Joanna Petterson
Joanna Petterson
Jacqueline Harmony
Jacqueline Harmony
Miranda Miller
Miranda Miller
Eliot Jackson and Curtis Keene watching in practice...
Eliot Jackson and Curtis Keene watching in practice...

mens podium
mens podium
womens podium
womens podium


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2011 US Open at Diablo Freeride Park



71 Comments

  • + 28
 Gwinn is looking really strong this season!
  • + 15
 GWINNING!!
  • + 1
 30 seconds differential between the top man and woman is a lot for such a short race.
  • + 2
 gwinn for the win yet again
  • + 1
 finally giant is stepping its game up in the world cup dh scene
  • + 14
 Congrats to both Aaron and Jill. They are both killin it this year!
  • + 12
 Im still rooting for gee. the athertons are a unreal team ride on gee !
  • + 32
 aaron gwon
  • + 40
 props to smith !
  • + 15
 +1 to Smith !
  • + 5
 aaron gwin has clearly been eating his weetabix for breakfast!
  • + 8
 Yeah SMITH weo!
  • + 10
 Heck Ya Stevie! Within a second of Gwin and 2 seconds up on Gee and Leov! Heal up Lars, we at PB are sending healing vibes to you and Bryn man!
  • + 2
 Gwin is just amazing. Way to go Stevie Smith. Great result at South Africa and now the only one even close to Gwin on the day. Bummed to see another good website made no mention of the second fastest guy on the day. Can always rely on Pinkbike. Thanks for the results and looking forward to the pics and vids.
  • + 2
 I am overwhelmed with session 88 and USA pride. Gwin is amazing, so glad Trek was smart enough to grab him. Congrats to Kitner too. So much talent in the WC Its going to be an insane season.
  • + 1
 Anyone know what tires Stevie's running? Almost looks like Telonics... which I find weird since he doesn't have a tire sponsor (at least as per the DeVinci website). I'd be curious to know why he chose those.
  • + 5
 Aaron is a BEAST!
  • + 1
 lars and bryon... i wish the speediest recovery. for all that don't know or believe it, the east has definately got some gnarlyyy shit.
  • + 2
 Stevie is such a wild card. You can never count him out of any race. just look at world champs last year
  • + 2
 i was like " where the hell is smith?" and then i look in second and there he is!
  • + 1
 Eliot Jackson has been doing pretty solid, plus he's got some amazing style. Been a rough month for transition Frown hope they heal up quick.
  • + 4
 i want to see smith run
  • + 1
 even before the season started, my bet was on gwin the moment he left yeti for trek. he's unstoppable now.
  • + 1
 Congrats, Jill, on the double victory! Lars, man, heal up fast. We're pulling for team TR!
  • + 1
 Shame there's not much of a team left. Get well soon, Lars and Bryn!
  • + 2
 ahhhh.....I hope Gee can get back his glory next weekend!
  • + 1
 Nah he rides a commie mate! ha ha
  • + 1
 haha, good one!
  • + 2
 I want to see a video of the winning run!
  • + 1
 I'll have one up in about a day, just of one section for Gwinny. but he FLEW past. straight pinning.
  • + 1
 @Ian, you rock.
  • + 1
 i was just there today and watched everyone. they all did great so congrats to jill, aron and every other person who raced
  • + 1
 wayta gooo Stevie keep it up goooooooooooooooo Canada will be nice to see you up on the top as #1 soon (^_^)
  • + 1
 Gwin...wow. Smith...so close. North America...back in business. Lars and Bryn, heal well.
  • + 1
 Congrats on some amazing Photos Ian... Your photos inspire me to get BETTER!!!!!
  • + 3
 Get better lars!!!
  • + 2
 trek is absolutely killing it this year. yeeeee gwin!!
  • - 2
 Ya nice one gwin, saving alot for the finals. I thought his qualifying time was conservative, he a beast and very smart. Other wc racers in big trouble with him this year. I just hope he stay healthy. These last 2 weeks have been rough here on the east coast. Three of the best riders in world have gone down and received massive injuries. Atkinson with femur-wrist, lars with fib, and me with femur-hip. These trails are no joke around here and can bite you any day at any time. Usually when least expecting it, then you in trouble. I wish us all a speedy recovery, and hopefully we'll b on a bike before end of this season. I on the bike already but can't pedal. I think lars has the best chance at full recovery, me an bryn are screwd with these femur breaks.
  • + 2
 And who are you exactly
  • - 1
 I'm that guy that been riding mt creek before it was diablo. Plattekill is my home away from home, when there your riding in my zone. I tore east coast a new one for decades, it going to take a few months recovery but I b back up there before you know it showing people the og trails.
  • + 1
 Oh okay
  • + 1
 good to see a kiwi in the top 3 Smile
  • + 1
 Congrat Aaron and Jill.... Get well Transition crew!!!!
  • + 0
 Someone at Yeti woke up this morning feeling like an idiot for letting Gwin go…
  • + 1
 I doubt Yeti wanted to let Gwin go, it was just that Trek could compensate him better for his services.
  • + 1
 Well I guess they should've paid up
  • + 1
 If you look hard enough you'll find the letter explaining their decision.. it was either keep Gwin and scrap all the development programs, or to do what they've always done and continue to develop world class riders like Gwin.
  • + 1
 Way to go Miranda, representing Squampton!
  • + 1
 Gwin is doing great! Keep it up! Its good to giant up there too
  • + 1
 GWIN is a force to be reckon with............ HE IS THE MAN
  • + 1
 way to go kyle sangers 15th wow
  • + 2
 Fuck yeah stevie
  • + 2
 gwin is unstoppable
  • + 1
 Mick Hannah came last? wtf? did he crash?
  • + 1
 Think he had a mechanical or crash 2nd year in a row!
  • + 1
 sucks
  • + 1
 GWIN FOR THE WIN! he rocked that run!
  • + 1
 WTF Gwin? Awesome! Kicking some SOLID tail.
  • + 2
 Jill is awesome!
  • + 1
 Man why am i not suprised to see Gwin on top?
  • + 1
 Yeah stevie! Sangers in 15th...strong showing for the Canadian Jr!
  • + 1
 Fastest canadian on day and would have won jr way to go kyle
  • + 1
 Anyone else thing Needles' front wheel looks like a 29er? Wink
  • + 1
 GWIN FOR THE WIN! USA USA USA
  • + 1
 Props to Leov as well!
  • + 1
 dammmeeeet gwin is fast!
  • + 1
 Gwin is ON FIRE!
  • + 1
 'merica
  • + 1
 in da united states o merica we she gwin comin ta da top!

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