Ms. Bakken, a member of the U.S. Olympic Team in Women's bobsled having competed at Salt Lake 2002.
During her international career representing Team USA, she won the inaugural competition at the Olympic Games as the pilot of the women's (2-man) bobsled race with brakeman Vonetta Flowers. Jill's Olympic Gold medal in ladies bobsled was the first Gold for the U.S. in either men's or women's competition since in 54 years.
While competing in Salt Lake City, Jill was a member of the U.S. Army's World Class Athlete Program.
Today, Jill is a mom of two and lives in Alberta, Canada.