RIO DE JANEIRO - St. Cloud native Alise Post won a silver medal in the women's BMX final Friday afternoon.

Post, who did not make it out of the semifinals at the 2012 London Olympics, finished in the top three for each of her semifinal heats earlier to advance to the finals.

Alise Post is all smiles after winning silver in the women's BMX in Rio
Alise Post is all smiles after winning silver in the women's BMX in Rio

Colombia's Mariana Pajon successfully defended her gold medal. Pajon finished .342 seconds faster than Post. Stefany Hernandez of Venezuela won the bronze medal.

Fellow American cyclist Brooke Crain finished 4th.

Post's family and friends gathered at a theater in Waite Park to watch her race live.

A former gymnast and track and field athlete, Post took up the sport of BMX racing at the age of 6.

The United States missed the podium four years ago in London in the American-born action sport.

Alise Post is awarded the silver medal in women's BMX 
Alise Post is awarded the silver medal in women's BMX 
Alise Post finishes 2nd in the women's BMX finals
Alise Post finishes 2nd in the women's BMX finals