Cuban Faces of 2016: Marlies Mejías, Cyclist (b. Santiago de Cuba, 1992) / 14ymedio

Marlies Mejías, cyclist. (Facebook)

14ymedio bigger14ymedio, Havana, 29 December 2016 — The young cyclist Marlies Mejías has participated in two Olympic Games and won seven titles at the Pan American Championships. This year she became the first Cuban athlete of her specialty to be hired by a professional club, the Weber Shimano Ladies Power. She also recently successfully broke into the world of mountain biking and was crowned winner in the second edition of the Titan Tropic in western Cuba.

In 2016, the athlete suffered a serious fall and thought that she would not be able “ever rise again as an athlete,” but in six months she has managed to compete in great events. Mejías was in seventh place of the Women’s Omnium in the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games and made history in the women’s section of the Vuelta a Colombia competition, winning the awards for points and flying goals.

At the Pan American Track Championships, held in Aguascalientes, Mexico, the Cuban won a silver medal in the individual race and a bronze medal in the first edition of the women’s Madison event.