Image from Soluciones Magazine
I recently started crushing on someone new. (Marty, if you’re reading this, you need not worry.) I first saw her name and face in the sports section of the paper. She had won a race, and was in a picture with an 8-year old who had also won a race. The story caught my attention for a couple reasons. First, because it was the first sports article I had seen written about a Colombian woman. Second, because the races that these two young women had won were cycling races. BMX, specifically.
Cycling in Colombia is actually a pretty big deal. The first Open Streets event was held in Bogotá, and started a trend globally (one which my dear Minneapolis now celebrates several times a year). Almost daily I see a news story about road cyclist Nairo Quintana, who came in second in both the 2013 and 2015 Tour de Frances. Behind Nairo, the cyclist about whom I read the most in the news is my crush, Mariana Pajón. She’s a 24 year-old badass who won the 2012 gold medal in BMX biking at the London Olympics, and is going to Rio this summer to protect her title. Watch her destroy the race in London below, and tell me you don’t have a crush on her too (she’s the racer in white in the middle who quickly takes the lead).