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Seattle Bike Expo - Olympian Panel - Jill Kintner

Seattle Bike Expo - Olympian Panel - Jill Kintner
Seattle Bike Expo - Olympian Panel - Jill Kintner
March 21, 2013 - 

The nicest day of the winter so far just happened to be this Saturday during the Seattle Bike Expo event. I have only been to Interbike, so this expo was way smaller, but in a good venue on the pier just past downtown Seattle with lots of bike loving individuals and outdoor enthusiasts.

I was there to give a little presentation with Olympic and Paralympic medalists Jennie Reed and Megan Fisher. Seattle Bike PT- Eric Moen as host. Jennie is a Silver medalist Track Cyclist from London 2012 in a new event called Team pursuit. Megan is a gold medalist in road time trials from London as well, myself BMX Bronze from Beijing.

Both ladies had awesome stories. Jennie had been to 2 other games- Athens and Beijing as a sprinter,  then for London she changed to be an endurance athlete for 12 fast laps as a 3 member team in a new event. They beat the odds against Australia to win the silver by .07 which was pretty incredible if you knew the funding and support that Aus and the UK get compared to the USA. They basically wrote their own program and were counted out, yet still delivered!!  She has since started a foundation to give back to cyclists called the Jennie Reed Foundation. And yes, she still has  incredible quads, to go with the incredible stories.

Megan had a way crazy story,,, was in a car wreck and nearly died, lost a lower leg, best friend died at the wheel, totally gnarly rolled the car 8 times, life flighted out of there with a head injury and missing a lower leg. She found bikes as a way to be able to run her dog enough, and became the best in the world in her category 10 years after the accident. Thnk she also does triathlons, but for sure goes fast on a road bike and is one of the most humble people.

My story was pretty sweet too, Blown out knee, made the team with one point, battled from last to take home a medal for usa in the inaugural BMX event, yewww!!. Yeah, good times sharing some memories with everyone, open panel, pretty big crowd.

Couple other fun events, Ryan Leech was there doing his trials show for Norco, Kat Sweet racing big wheels for Evergreen kids programs, some unicyclists kids doing routines, one lady who rides bikes with her 6 year old kids for hundreds of miles. Evergreen MTB alliance had a booth, Sea Tac BMX, there was a road bike classics show, our chiropractor was there from Inhealth:), Saw Whatcom county tourism representing Bellingham area, GHY bike shop, etc. some food stops, etc. So a few homies in the mix. My pal Katie Holden and I had a fun time. Saw a couple of old pals from high school too who ride bikes:)..


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