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Who is Julia Marino?

U.S. snowboarder Julia Marino
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Who is Julia Marino?

Following a quick rise up the ranks, Team USA's emerging snowboarder is eyeing her Olympic debut

Name: Julia Marino
Country: United States
Age: 20
Sport: Snowboarding
Disciplines: Slopestyle, Big Air
Stance: Goofy
2016/17 WST slopestyle ranking: 2nd
2016/17 WST big air ranking: 5th

Accolades

  • 2017 X Games slopestyle gold medalist
  • 2-time X Games big air medalist (1 silver, 1 bronze)
  • Ranked No. 2 in 2016/17 World Snowboard Tour slopestyle standings

Olympic experience
Marino has not previously competed at a Winter Olympics. PyeongChang would be her first appearance.

Olympic outlook
On the heels of a breakout season, Marino has suddenly become one of the favorites in both slopestyle and big air thanks in part to her cab double underflip. In both events, she will have to contend with a deep field that includes Jamie Anderson (the 2014 Olympic slopestyle gold medalist), Hailey Langland (the 2017 X Games big air gold medalist) and Anna Gasser (the 2017 World Snowboard Tour champion in both disciplines).

Potential Olympic records
No female snowboarder has won more than one Olympic gold medal yet. As one of the top riders in both slopestyle and big air, Marino would have two shots at gold, meaning it's within the realm of possibility that she could become the first woman to earn two gold medals.

Signature
Marino made her mark by becoming one of the first riders to bring the cab double underflip to women's slopestyle. Learning that trick has put her at the forefront of progression in the sport, so doubles are likely to be something she'll continue to use in her runs for both slopestyle and big air.

Snowboard beginnings
Marino grew up in Westport, Connecticut — a coastal town several hours away from the ski resorts in Vermont. Although she had tried both while growing up, Marino's original preference was skiing over snowboarding, but that changed when she was 12 years old. While riding in the woods, she broke one of her skis and was forced to use her snowboard instead. It resulted in Marino gaining a new appreciation for snowboarding and officially making the switch.



Julia Marino at Big Air Fenway

A surprise victory at the Fenway Big Air contest in 2016 proved to be a turning point in Julia Marino's career. Credit: U.S. Snowboarding

Breakout moment
In 2016, when she was 18, Marino came out of nowhere to win the big air contest held at Fenway Park. She had entered the contest as an unknown alternate, but after that, she quickly rose through the ranks.

2016/17 season recap
Building on her success from the previous winter, Marino had a true breakout season. The biggest indicator of her success was the fact that she went 4-for-4 capturing medals in X Games competitions. In slopestyle, she won gold in Aspen and bronze in Norway; in big air, she nabbed bronze in Aspen and silver in Norway. Throughout the winter, she was able to consistently stomp her cab double underflip at contests, which helped her finish the season ranked No. 2 (behind Anna Gasser) in slopestyle in the World Snowboard Tour standings.

Off the snow
In high school, Marino was a member of the varsity soccer team, though she ultimately stopped playing in order to focus on snowboarding. In her free time, she likes to draw and takes a sketchbook with her whenever she travels. Although she does not have any tattoos of her own, she has drawn tattoo designs for friends. Marino's other hobbies include skateboarding, gardening and photography.

Social media
Instagram: @_juliamarino
Facebook: Jules Marino

Q&A with Julia Marino

Julia Marino on getting nervous during competitions and how she approaches new tricks

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Kelly Clark (USA) | Chloe Kim (USA) | Iouri Podladtchikov (SUI) |
Shaun White (USA)

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Jamie Anderson (USA) |
Anna Gasser (AUT) | Red Gerard (USA) | Marcus Kleveland (NOR) | Julia Marino (USA) | Max Parrot (CAN)

Boardercross:

Lindsey Jacobellis (USA)

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