Marino Wins Silver in Slopestyle
Julia Marino put down a picture-perfect run to earn a silver medal at the Olympic Winter Games Beijing 2022—the first Olympic medal for the U.S. in 2022.
The conditions in the Genting Snowpark were an improvement from the previous day’s qualifiers, with calm winds but continuing sub-zero conditions. After getting the jitters out on the first run, Marino came into the second run with some heat. Her silver medal run started with a half-Cab to backside 360 out on the flat rail, into a lipslide pretzel out on the down rail, into a spectacular switch boardslide underflip out on the cannon rail. Heading into the jump section, she went backside 900 melon, Cab double 900 Indy, finishing with a frontside 1080 mute on the final jump to earn a score of 87.68, which briefly landed her on top of the podium, until the last rider dropped.
2018 bronze medalist Zoe Sadowski-Synnott of New Zealand was the only rider who could knock Marino out of gold medal position, and she did so emphatically, stomping her third run to earn a score of 92.88. Tess Coady (AUS) earned the bronze medal with a score of 84.15.
Marino showed no disappointment as she ran out to congratulate Sadowski-Synnott, initiating a joyful celebration among the competitors in the finish area—a great Olympic moment.
Marino came into these Games with a podium performance at the 2021 Grand Prix qualifier in Aspen but hadn’t made it on a World Cup podium since. Sunday, she put it down when it counted. Marino said of her win, “I’m feeling a lot of things right now but mostly feeling a lot of happiness and excitement for everything that happened here today.”
Of the progression on display today, Marino said, “The girls have worked really hard over the past few years and […], we all put down our best tricks linked together in a slope run which isn’t easy to do at all, so I just think it’s insanely huge for the progression of women’s snowboarding since we’re just learning day by day what we’re capable of and we’re capable of a lot.”
Of Sadowski-Synnott bumping her out of the gold medal position, Marino was gracious, “I did my best that I could do, and I couldn’t be happier with that, and she did the best she could do, and I’m so happy for her.” Elaborating on the moment she ran out to the finish area to celebrate Sadowski-Synnott’s win, Marino shared, “I was overcome with happiness for all three of us.”
Two-time defending gold medalist Jamie Anderson, a leading source of the progression on display throughout Sunday’s slopestyle, uncharacteristically did not put down her best run, earning her top score of 60.78 on her second run to finish in ninth place. She shared, “I feel, of course, so sad to not be able to put down a run, but I feel relieved that it’s over because it’s a high-stress week here, and I genuinely feel so happy for the girls.”
Hailey Langland, in her second Olympic appearance, absolutely styled out the rails on the course but wasn’t able to get her big tricks on the lower jump section, finishing in eleventh with a score of 48.35
The U.S. women’s slopestyle snowboard team competes again in Big Air, with qualifiers slated for Monday, Feb. 14.
Women’s Slopestyle finals
HOW TO WATCH
*All times EST
Monday, Feb. 7, 2022
2:00 a.m. Snowboarding – Men's Slopestyle Final, Genting Snow Park, Zhangjiakou, CHN, USA Network
6:00 a.m. Winter Olympics Medal Ceremonies Day 3, NBCOlympics.com, Streaming Peacock
9:40 p.m. Snowboarding – M/W Parallel Giant Slalom Qualifying, Genting Snow Park, Zhangjiakou, CHN, NBCOlympics.com, Streaming Peacock
Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2022
6:00 a.m. 2022 Winter Olympics Medal Ceremonies, Day 4 – Streaming Peacock, NBCOlympics.com
12:00 p.m. Snowboarding – Men’s and Women’s Parallel Giant Slalom Finals, Genting Snow Park, Zhangjiakou, CHN, USA Network
8:00 p.m. Primetime Broadcast – Snowboarding Women’s Halfpipe, Alpine Women’s Slalom, Freestyle Mewn’s Big Air, NBC Broadcast
8:30 p.m. Snowboarding – Women’s Halfpipe Qualifying, Secret Garden, CHN, USA Network, Streaming Peacock, NBCOlympics.com
10:00 p.m. Snowboarding – Women’s Snowboard Cross Qualifiers, Genting Snow Park, Zhangjiakou, CHN, USA Network, NBCOlympics.com, Streaming Peacock
11:30 p.m. Snowboarding – Men’s Halfpipe Qualifying, Genting Snow Park, Zhangjiakou, CHN, NBCOlympics.com, Streaming Peacock, NBC Broadcast
Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2022
1:30 a.m. Snowboarding – Women’s Snowboard Cross Finals, Genting Snow Park, Zhangjiakou, CHN, USA Network, NBCOlympics.com, Streaming Peacock
2:00 a.m. Primetime – Snowboarding Women’s Halfpipe Qualifying, Alpine Skiing Women’s Slalom, Freestyle Men’s Big Air (re-air), NBC Broadcast
5:00 a.m. Primetime – Snowboarding Women’s Halfpipe Qualifying, Alpine Skiing Women’s Slalom, Freestyle Men’s Big Air (re-air), NBC Broadcast
6:30 a.m. 2022 Winter Olympics Medal Ceremonies Day 5, NBC Broadcast
2:00 p.m. Daytime – Alpine Skiing Women’s Slalom, Nordic Combined Men’s Normal Hill & 10km, Snowboarding Women’s Snowboardcross Final, NBC Broadcast
8:00 p.m. Primetime – Snowboarding Women’s Halfpipe, NBC Broadcast
10:15 p.m. Snowboarding – Mens’ Snowboard Cross Qualifying, Genting Snow Park, Zhangjiakou, CHN, NBCOlympics.com, Streaming Peacock
10:50 p.m. Snowboarding – Mens’ Snowboard Cross Qualifying, Genting Snow Park, Zhangjiakou, CHN, USA Network
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