Mariana Pajón

Mariana Pajón

Mariana Pajón was born in Medellin, Columbia. She began riding bikes on her own at just age three. By the time she was four, she had already improved to the point of doing tricks and attempting course obstacles. Unfortunately, she was discouraged from attempting BMX racing because of her gender and her young age. Despite being told by others that girls shouldn’t participate in the sport, her family found a place for her. She was two years younger than the other competitors and usually the only girl, but her skill and determination could not be denied. With guidance and support of her family and new coaches and friends, Mariana won her first national title at five years old. She would achieve her first world title at age nine, which was only the beginning of her accomplishments. She moved her training to the United States and continued to dominate the sport. She has won 9 Latin American Championships, 2 US Nationals, 10 Pan American Games, 14 World Games, and 2 Olympic Games in BMX. She won her first Olympic Games in London and made Columbian history in Rio by become the first Columbian athlete to win a second gold Olympic medal. Pajón is still one of the favorites in BMX competition and was expected to defend her crown in the postponed Tokyo Olympic Games. For all of these accomplishments, she is widely renown as “the Queen of BMX.”

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