The qualification round of the 2017 MarbleLympics (Marble Olympics, Olympic games for marbles)! It consists of 4 disciplines (Events) where 16 teams will compete for 12 qualification spots.
The Savage Speeders, Thunderbolts, Team Momo and Mellow Yellow are already qualified and doesn't need to participate in this round.
The 2017 edition of the Marblelympics is the second one to be hosted, featuring the 16 teams from 2016, plus four new teams (Shining Swarm, Midnight Wisps, Quicksilvers, and Jungle Jumpers). To decide which teams get to compete in the championship, qualification rounds are held to test the abilities of the teams. However, the four best teams from last year (Savage Speeders, Mellow Yellow, Thunderbolts, and Team Momo) are given an automatic bid to advance. The other 16 will all compete in four events, aiming to get as many points as possible; better placement in each event earns more points, and the 12 teams with the most points get to move on to the main event.
Unlike the championship events, the 2017 qualification events only have a single round to decide the ranking of the teams. Furthermore, the four events selected for qualifying have been picked to ensure that only the most well-rounded teams will advance. It begins with a team event, the Relay Race; all four marbles of a team compete in heats of four teams, each racing down a portion of the track before bumping the next marble along. Rankings are decided by how long it takes the final marble to cross the line. The second event is the famous Sand Marble Race, where two heats of eight marbles representing their teams race down a winding sand track, with the fastest marbles getting more points. The third event, Block Pushing, requires the entire team to push a block as far as they can down the track (the block in qualifying is also smaller than the one used in the main event). Finally, there is a test of endurance, the Funnel Spin; eight marbles at a time are placed into a series of funnels, and must stay in them for as long as possible. Marbles that last longer without dropping through the last funnel will receive more points. At the end, the points are tallied, the best 12 teams advance, and the Marblelympics can finally begin.
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