Three medals for Americans in the downhill races at the MTB World Cup opener


Aaron Gwin, Jill Kintner, and Luca Shaw after the downhill races
Aaron Gwin, Jill Kintner, and Luca Shaw after the downhill races
Pietermaritzburg, RSA (April 12, 2014) – American athletes collected two gold medals and one bronze in the downhill competition at round one of the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup on Saturday.
Aaron Gwin (Wildomar, Calif./Specialized Racing DH) won the elite men's downhill race with a time of 3:59.344 ahead of Michael Hannah (AUS) and Greg Minnaar (RSA). American Neko Mulally (Pisgah Forest, NC/Trek World Racing) also posted an impressive time in the men's race, finishing 6.361 off of Gwin's pace for eighth-place. Eliot Jackson (West Lake Village, Calif./Pivot Factory DH Team) was 52nd for the USA.
Luca Shaw (SRAM/TLD Racing) descended to the top step of the podium in the junior men's race when he posted a time of 4:15.267. He bested a pair of Frenchmen, Loris Vergier and Amaury Pierron, who were second and third respectively.
Jill Kintner (Seattle, Wash./Team Norco Intl.) clocked the third fastest time in the elite women's race for the bronze medal, descending to the finish 9.118 off the pace of winner Manon Carpenter (GBR) who completed the course in 4:34.923. Rachel Atherton (GBR) collected the silver medal.
View complete results here.
Tomorrow, the Mountain Bike World Cup opener will feature the cross country races where Georgia Gould (Fort Collins, Colo./Luna Pro Team) will race in the elite women's contest and Keegan Swenson (Park City, Utah/Cannondale Factory Racing) will compete against U23 men.  Stay tuned to to find out how they fare!

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