Tata

Mariana Pajón

Whatever happens, I know I will always enjoy racing

BMX star Mariana Pajon takes time out in Bogota
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Hi, my name is Mariana Pajón. My discipline is BMX Race. My friends call me Tata. I was born on 10 October 1991 in Medellín, Colombia. My special talent is gymnastics. My philosophy of life is in the words of Eleanor Roosevelt: The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams. My favourite food is pizza. My favourite music is hip hop.

Bio

With more than twelve world championship titles already to her name, Colombian BMX rider Mariana Pajón is making history with her effortless style on two wheels.

Mariana started racing BMX at the age of four and became a world champion by the age of nine. BMX was introduced to the Olympics for the first time in 2008 and, as a potential 2012 athlete, Mariana was invited on the 2008 Beijing Olympic Youth Camp in preparation for the next Games. In 2007 and 2008 Mariana won the Colombian Junior Sports Woman of the Year award – and was also named Athlete of the Year 2011.

After recovering from a crash-related injury in 2012, Mariana realised her ambition of competing at the Summer Olympics later that year, returning home victorious. Mariana's trail of success has continued, with the Queen of BMX proving herself a role model for the next generation after picking up Pan American, South American and North American champion titles, a coveted gold medal at the BMX World Championship time trials event, as well as overall UCI championship title.

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Career Highlights

  1. 2014
    1. 1st Place: UCI BMX Supercross World Cup

      Rotterdam, Netherlands

  2. 2014
    1. National Colombian Champion

      Colombia

    2. 2nd Place: UCI BMX Supercross World Cup

      Berlin, Germany

    3. Pan American Games Champion - Women's BMX and Time Trial

      Santiago, Chile

  3. 2013
    1. UCI World Cup Champion - BMX Supercross

    2. 1st Place: UCI BMX World Championships – Time Trials

      Auckland, New Zealand

    3. Pan American BMX Champion

      She also became South American BMX Champion

  4. 2012
    1. 1st Place: Olympic Games - Women's BMX

      London, UK