Mariana Pajón was born in Medellín, Colombia. Her father and brother are both BMX riders and she was inspired to ride BMX by her brother. She started riding a bike when she was 2 years old and by the time she was 4, she began riding with a local cycling club. Mariana won her first BMX national title at age of 5 and her first world title at 9.
Mariana Pajón has won 14 world championships, 2 national championships in the United States, 9 Latin American Championships and 10 Pan American championships. She also won the BMX gold medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London and won the gold medal at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio.
She is the first Colombian to win two Olympic gold medals! Because of her achievements in BMX she is called the Queen of BMX.
At only 25 years old, Mariana Pajón still has plenty of BMX left before she moves on to the next dream. When she stop racing BMX, Mariana told Semana she’d like to study medicine.
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