Mariana Pajón (COL) - 9/5
Caroline Buchanan (AUS) - 71/20
Stefany Hernandez (VEN) - 9/2
Alise Post (USA) - 5/1
Laura Smulders (NED) - 16/1
Simone Christensen (DEN) - 16/1
Lauren Reynolds (AUS) - 22/1
Brooke Crain (USA) - 20/1
Merle van Benthem (NED) - 28/1
Manon Valentino (FRA) - 33/1
Elke Vanhoof (BEL) - 40/1
Odds as of Aug. 15 courtesy betting website Bovada.lv.
The 2012 gold medalist Colombian Mariana Pajón is the odds-on favorite for the women. She’s the “Queen of BMX” and in Rio, she’s looking to make history with back-to-back first-place finishes.
Pajón is confident. "I don't think it will be hard to repeat my success at London 2012," she says. "I am ready to give the best of myself again."
Australia’s Caroline Buchanan won the time trials at the BMX Worlds in May and is looking to dethrone the queen. She’s the top-ranked rider in the world and currently on a hot streak. Buchanan’s was a bit distracted in London by a certain British soccer superstar and swears it won’t happen in Rio.
"I think this Olympic Games, whether David Beckham is staring back at me or the Prince, whoever's there, I'm in my own lane and I'm focused."
Alise Post is the top American rider and finished in third in the women's elite final at the 2016 UCI BMX World Championships. The odds aren't necessarily in her favor, but she’s aiming for gold before her wedding day. (She and Australian BMX rider Sam Willoughby are engaged).
Post had a crash that kept her out of the finals in London and she's looking for a little redemption in Rio.
"That's been my goal since 2012. I want to get back there and make a better showing the second time around."
Laura Smulders finished with the bronze in London, but she finished an impressive first place in the time trials at the BMX European Championships. She has the speed to find herself in medal contention as well.