Olympic Athlete Project
By Jordan Berscheidt
Julia Marino is a Paraguayan slope style skier. She was born in Paraguay in April 1992. She attends the University of Colorado for college. She first tried skiing at age two at Loon Mountain in Lincoln, NH, United States. She was chosen as Paraguay's flag bearer for the opening ceremony of the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi. She is 21 years old. During the season she spends between four and five hours on the mountain. She also practices on a trampoline to get a feel for unnatural spins. She currently lives in Boulder, Colorado.
Slope style skiing
Slope style is a winter sporting event where the goal is to perform the most difficult tricks while getting the highest altitude off jumps. Twin-tip skis are used in slope style skiing and are particularly useful if the skier lands backwards. It helps athletes land backwards without catching their tails. Slope style is one of the most popular events at the Winter X Games. It just became an Olympic event in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. The medalists were Dara Howell (Gold), Devin Logan (Silver), and Kim Lamarre (Bronze). In this sport the most common injury is a broken jaw. I think this sport should be an Olympic event because it is difficult and exciting to watch.
Julia Marino Snowmass Jan '12