We thought we'd catch up with the World 4-Cross Champion, Jill Kintner and ask her a few questions about the Bejing Olympics, ping pong and art.

Saladini leads. World Cup 4X, Maribor, Slovenia

DIRT: Did you have a good Christmas? Get any good presents?

JILL KINTNER: Yeah it was good, We had snow for about an hour on Christmas morning, bunch of family, etc. I got a gps and an

iphone:) gadgets galore!

Will you be riding 4-cross this year or are you concentrating solely on BMX for the Olympics?

I want to make the US team, so that will be my priority for this year till August. After that, I will be back. I will know if I've made it by may hopefully.

Who do you see as your main rivals at the Olympics?

It is more about what I can do than who I am against. Everyone will be fast.

What sort of training have you been doing?

Bike riding and getting strong. Not a whole lot of bike riding currently cause of a crash awhile back, but ping pong is keeping my mental game sharp :)

Saladini leads. World Cup 4X, Maribor, Slovenia

The replica Olympic BMX Track in California, rumours are that we may have one in the U.K.

I hear you have a replica Beijing BMX track at your training facility, how is that?

It will be really amazing once it is finished...still has about another week and a half to go I think. My brother is here now also building a jump park off the back of the ramp so we will be dialled, have some fun, and be well prepared for the games.

Saladini leads. World Cup 4X, Maribor, Slovenia

Check out the start ramp, it's a monster

How disappointed were you at losing the overall World Cup last year?

More than you will ever know. It was a rough year for me, had a lot of personal losses outside of racing that took their toll. With 5 races, it was crucial not to have any mistakes, and unfortunately I gave too many races away.

What are your plans for 2009? (I know it's a long way off!)

Shred as hard as possible, I'll be faster, stronger , and smarter. 2009 I will enjoy every minute being in the mountains again against some tough competition.

How is your art work coming on? Any new projects?

I only really do it when the mood strikes me. my sketch books are kept up pretty well, and website stories now and again, but I should do more.

For more news in the Kintner world check out her website.


Jill Kintner Olympic BMX