Mariana Pajón

Whatever happens, I know I will always enjoy racing

Mariana Pajon leading in Women's quarter finals at the BMX World Championship 2016 in front of a home crowd in Medellin, Colombia on May 29, 2016
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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.


With more than a dozen world championship titles 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, the coveted gold medal at the BMX World Championship time trials event, as well as the overall UCI championship title.

Unstoppable Mariana gives it her all to stay at the top of her sport, and she continued her glorious run in 2016, when she claimed gold in Rio.

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Career Highlights

  1. 2017
    1. 1st Place: Coupe de France

      Sarrians, France

  2. 2016
    1. 3rd Place: USA National Championships – BMX

      Tulsa, USA

    2. 1st Place: Olympic Games – Cycling BMX

      Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

    3. 1st Place: UCI BMX World Championships

      Medellin, Colombia

    4. 3rd Place: UCI BMX World Championships Time Trial

      Medellin, Colombia

    5. 1st Place: UCI BMX Supercross World Cup

      Santiago Del Estero, Argentina

  3. 2015
    1. 1st Place Overall: UCI BMX Supercross World Cup

    2. 1st Place: South American Continental Championships

      Santiago, Chile