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41. Mariana Pajon

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Mariana Pajon started racing BMX bicycles at age 4 and was a world champion in her age class by age 9. Hailing from Medellin, Colombia, Pajon was named the Colombian Junior Sports Woman of the Year in 2007 and 2008, and she gained attention in BMX circles for her focus and style. Pajon was named to Team Colombia for the 2012 London Olympics, where she effortlessly won the gold medal for women's BMX. It was the first gold for Colombia in the 2012 London Olympics. "You can reach your goal if you believe in your dreams," says Pajon, who is now preparing for the 2016 Olympics in Rio.