Living the dream – Mariana Pajon

Get to know Olympic Gold Medalist Mariana Pajón in this documentary as she prepares for The Games

Red Bull Athlete Mariana Pajón won her first world championship at the age of nine. After taking up BMX racing at the tender age of four she has had an astonishing career and has led the way for female BMX in her native Colombia.

This documentary, part of the Red Bull ‘Momentum- what drives you’ series, takes an in-depth look at female BMX rider Mariana and her history in the sport and also follows her path to the Olympic Games and her quest to win.

Mariana, 21, lives at home with her family in Medellin, Colombia and it seems that athleticism runs in the family. “I always wanted be to be like my father, I always saw him at car races, BMX and mountain biking. He was very good; he won all the time, my older brother too. I decided I wanted to be like them. My mother was also an athlete and she always knew I wanted to be one, like my parents. They are my role models.”

Her mother had hoped Mariana would go into roller-skating or gymnastics as they are more feminine than the extreme contact sport of BMX racing but supported her choice.

When Mariana started racing she raced and won against boys as there was no girl’s league in Colombia, now she inspires a generation of aspiring sportswomen.


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