Marino Wins in Silvaplana; Secures Career-First Slopestyle Crystal Globe
Julia Marino of the U.S. Snowboard Team slopestyle and big air team wrapped up her 2022-23 season in style, winning her third slopestyle event of the season in Silvaplana, Switzerland. This win today secured her 12th career podium and eighth World Cup victory. She also received her first ever slopestyle Crystal Globe as a result of her accumulated FIS points from the season. The Crystal Globe is a coveted award that signifies the best athletes in the world for that season. Marino is the true definition of what that means.
On March 25th, Marino rode her heart out as the only American competitor during the Silvaplana World Cup, where conditions were not ideal. Winds continued to pick up throughout the day, and the light stayed flat for the entirety of the event. However, this did not seem to affect her as she was able to lace both of her runs, ultimately scoring the top spot with an 87.25.
After having back-to-back Slopestyle wins this season, Marino speaks on what it meant for her to clinch the Crystal Globe, “It has been a really fun season honestly. There has been a lot going on but I was really happy to come here and finish off the season with this competition. The course is probably the best course I’ve hit all season. It was a great way to end it off here with all the girls and with a great course.”
As the season comes to an end for Marino, we take a moment to look back at the amazing accomplishments she had this season. Starting off strong at Mammoth Mountain, California in February, Marino executed a flawless run to place her on top of the podium with a score of 78.59. Following her victory in Mammoth, Marino flew up north to Calgary, Canada where she once again dominated the field to take home another win with a score of 78.36. To end the season off with yet again another win was huge, but to also clinch the slopestyle Crystal Globe was just the cherry on top for Marino.
When asked what’s next for Marino she mentioned, “I will probably get up to some more shredding since spring is right around the corner. Spring is my favorite time to ride. I have to go to France for a few days, so I might just end up coming back here (Silvaplana) to ride for a few days before heading back home.”