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Mariana

Mariana PAJÓN

Colombia
TeamCOL
BMX RacingBMX Racing

Biography

The greatest BMX rider of a generation, Mariana Pajón barely tasted defeat on the path from winning her first world title in 2010 to her second Olympic gold at Rio 2016.

Natural talent

“In 2000, when I was nine, I used to do gymnastics, not BMX, and I thought that I’d go to the Games as a gymnast,” said Colombian BMX rider Mariana Pajón. “I dreamed about moments like that. I felt so proud and I really wanted to go to the Olympic Games.”

Born on 10 October 1991 in Medellin, Pajón first sat on a bike at the age of four. Prompted by her father and brother, both BMX riders, she soon devoted herself to the sport and quickly proved to be a natural, winning race after race.

In the groove

In 2007 and aged only 16, Pajón began a remarkable run of world championship success, both on the Olympic 20” wheel bike and the 24” wheeled cruiser. She won the U-16 world crown that year, followed by the junior cruiser title in 2008, the 20” junior in 2009, the elite cruiser in 2010 and the elite in 2011.

Olympic Medals
2G
1S
Games Participations3
First Olympic GamesLondon 2012
Year of Birth1991
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