Video: 'Utopia' Is A Poetic Short Film About Jaime Hill's Life - From Gymnastics, to World Cup DH, to Elevating Women's MTB

Jan 16, 2021
by Sarah Moore  


Utopia is the life story of Jaime Hill - from Olympic-level gymnastics to World Cup downhill and the creation of Hilltop MTB - Jaime seeks to create space for women and girls get outside & thrive.

Utopia was directed by Anna Dziczkaniece and Helen Burt of LOT17 from Squamish and earned the top spot in the Whistler Film Festival opens up Sea to Sky Shorts contest to local filmmakers. Teams had 20 days to shoot and edit their submissions.


36 Comments

  • 20 1
 A gymnast who rides? I bet she sticks her landings.
  • 9 1
 She swears by her Vaults
  • 3 2
 @Molesdigmyjumps: And when she dismounts, she does a perfect tuck-and-roll tumble.
  • 4 2
 And when she does, I bet she's beaming with pride. =)

I super love this video, my daughter is in gymnastics (always injured) and I was hoping she'd take up mtb. Jamie, help me out! =)
  • 13 2
 @microfiz: when I retired from gymnastics at 22 and steered biking at 26, I always wished I had been able to learn to MTB way earlier on! I bet I could have learned some sick tricks on a DJ or BMX at the time... maybe a great way to transition is to start with pump track and learning to jump - could be a great way to meld gymnastics training with biking.
And you can always pitch it to her that the fitness she’d achieve by MTBing would be transferable to gymnasticsBig Grin
With a solid gymnastics background she’d pick biking up pretty easy I bet!
  • 5 0
 @jaimehi: So true! A lot of the guys and gals competing in BMX big air have a gymnastics background. The body awareness needed for what riders at the pro level are doing is unreal!
  • 9 0
 When I was trying to be a better dirt jumper I took up adult gymnastics classes. Just the concept of spotting my landings improved my jumping immensely (look at the landing, not the gap). In a few short weeks I went from feeling like a failure to feeling competent.

Thanks for the vid.
  • 1 0
 @iamamodel: Adult gymnastics classes??? That would be hilarious to watch the first few. I remember jumping on the uneven bars when my son was at a gymnastics birthday party. I could've been on #FridayFails.
  • 2 0
 @rrolly: LOL. The majority were ex-gymnasts so they rocked at everything. I ended up spending most of my time on the trampoline doing penguins into the foam pit. It was like a children's playground but ten times more fun. Recommended just for a laugh.
  • 17 3
 Hoping we can leave the puns and silliness a little further down in the comments. This is an important message surrounding strong women.
  • 4 0
 The more inclusive our sport becomes, the better it becomes. Between this film today and the article about new mountain bikers since COVID, it’s really good to see that more people are coming to it from different groups and getting an immense satisfaction out of riding. The more diverse we are as a group, the stronger we’re are as a sport because we reflect a wider section of society as a whole. That can only be a good thing, long may it continue with people like Jamie leading the charge.
  • 4 0
 My daughter signed up with Jaime for a few camps last year. She always sort of enjoyed riding but her love for the sport and competency exploded after the first couple camps. It was incredible to see how much she admires Jaime and how that admiration turned into further love of sport. And in the end, I feel like the biggest winner, because my daughter is stoked to ride with me every chance we get!
  • 1 0
 Words cannot express what reading this means. Thanks so much for sharing Smile
  • 6 0
 The ability level required to be considered a good rider in Squamish is stratospheric.
  • 2 0
 Did an end of season race there once. I thought I was in epic shape, so I lined up at the front. Within the first 90 seconds I was 3/4 way to the back. There must be something in the water. . .
  • 4 0
 A different pace for a PB video. I like what they tried to do, and I think that they were pretty much dialed in for this video. The comprehensive view was great!
  • 5 0
 I like how knowing the Trails in Squamish gives this an even deeper meaning
  • 2 0
 Great riding. All the NICA kids in the US are finding out how great bikes are. Lots of kids are turning from the traditional ball sports to come over and have a great time and be safe(ish) riding bikes. Best thing ever to happen to High School sports.
  • 6 0
 Beauty film. Lovely to watch. Jaime rules
  • 5 0
 Such a fresh take. Awesome.
  • 5 0
 Can't wait to watch this with my daughter!! Keep inspiring!
  • 4 0
 Best video on PB in a long time. Such great work getting and keeping the young ladies in sport. Keep up the great work.
  • 5 0
 She's fast.
  • 4 0
 Absolutely epic. Well done.
  • 2 0
 I had the opportunity to serve with Jaime on the board of SORCA and she is as thoughtful as she is a great rider. Great to see her being highlighted here!
  • 4 0
 Very cool.
  • 3 0
 Very powerful message and so well done - outstanding!
  • 2 0
 Great work all around. love what you are doing. The world needs more women on the trails.
  • 3 0
 Stoked for you Jaime, awesome video!
  • 3 0
 well done!
  • 3 0
 always on point!
  • 2 0
 yeah Jamie!
  • 1 0
 “Rushing for the adrenaline rush”
Wow
  • 1 0
 This was an awesome edit. Great story to it.
  • 1 0
 Beautiful shooting and fun poem. Who wrote that?
  • 1 0
 Outstanding! Thank you.

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