Gold & Bronze for Women's BMX
Oakley’s Anne-Caroline Chausson continued her reign of the Olympic BMX track in the women’s Final today to take home the gold for France.
She adds the Olympic gold to her multiple World Championship wins in downhill, mountaincross, and dual slalom, including downhill wins each year from 1996 through 2003 and then again in 2005.
Her fellow Oakley teammate Jill Kintner of the United States took bronze.
After battling back from injuries just to make the U.S. Olympic Team, Jill Kintner came from the back of the pack in the final Friday to take third place.
The day started with Kintner taking part in three semifinal heats, before qualifying for the final.
In the final, Anne-Caroline Chausson, the fastest rider in the seeding races, took the gold easily with a time of :35.976. Teammate Laetitia le Corguille took silver, more than two seconds behind. Kintner finished with a time of :38.674.
At the start, Kintner was far behind the leaders. Off the first jump, Sammy Cools of Canada crashed and fell out of the race. At the first turn, Australian Nicole Callisto wrecked, but managed to get back on her bike to finish the race.
Kintner was still out of the medals heading into the third and final turn, but Shanaze Reade of Great Britain, who has crashed more than anyone on the course in Beijing this week, crashed again. Kintner who was right behind her, managed to avoid joining the fray, and held on to take the bronze.