Five things to know about Mariana Pajon, BMX's 'Atom Ant'
Pajon was born In Medellín (Colombia) in 1991. Those were years marked by street violence, and she found refuge in sports. Daughter and sister of BMX riders, she first got on a bike when she was just three years old and began racing at four against kids two or three years older. Since there weren't enough girls to organise a female category, she competed with the boys. And success came quickly: at age nine, she won her first international competition in Argentina as the only girl in the event.olympics.com