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The Rojo Rollers are the team that are red with blue/brown stripes introduced in Marble League 2016. The Rojo Rollers ended in fifth place overall in Marble League 2016, but the team has since failed to qualify for the Marble League, finishing last in the Marble League 2017 Qualifiers with only four points, and narrowly missing the cutoff of twenty points to qualify in the Marble League 2018 Qualifiers.

After failing to qualify for the third time in a row in the Marble League 2019 Qualifiers, the Rollers competed in Marble League Showdown 2019 in order to secure their spot in the Marble League 2020 Qualifiers. However, their history repeated itself, as the team failed to qualify for the fourth consecutive Marble League season.

Team Members Edit

Rojo Uno, Rojo Dos, Rojo Tres and Rojo Cuatro were the original members of Rojo Rollers. Rojo Cinco was introduced to the team in 2018. Rojo Uno became team captain in 2019.

2016 Team 2017 Team 2018 Team 2019 Team 2020 Team
Rojo Uno Rojo Uno Rojo Uno Rojo Uno  Captain Rojo Uno  Captain
Rojo Dos Rojo Dos Rojo Dos Rojo Dos Rojo Dos
Rojo Tres Rojo Tres Rojo Tres Rojo Tres Rojo Tres
Rojo Cuatro Rojo Cuatro Rojo Cuatro Rojo Cuatro Rojo Cuatro
Rojo Cinco Rojo Cinco Rojo Cinco
Color Meaning
Team Member
Reserve Member
Injured

Members timelineEdit

CoachesEdit

Coach From To Events G S B Tot. Honours
Rojo Cero 25 February 2019[1] present 16 1 0 1 2 ML Showdown 2019 - 3rd Place

Note: Events include any kind of events (friendly events, other tournaments, qualifiers, ...).

History Edit

The Rojo Rollers come from the outskirts of Numerun, located exactly in the middle of Central America. It is known as the “newest old” city in the world, having been settled for over a millennium before settlers from across the ocean rediscovered it about five hundred years ago. The settlers shared goods from their side of the world, which led to growth for the city. It is now one of the most diverse, economically advanced, and intellectual cities in the world.

Numerun's ancient center, Numerun Antigua, has been preserved from modern urban development, making the city one of the most interesting tourist attractions in the world. There is also a modern city center which encircles the ancient center. One of the most notable landmarks is Colina Umerun, a centuries-old artificially created hill designed specifically for marble racing that, after continual renovations, is still in use today. Racing down Colina Umerun is what inspired both the Rojo Rollers and Red Number 3 to enter marble sports. The team got its name from team members' red homes in Numerun Antigua.

The five current members of the Rojo Rollers used to work in the modern city center. In fact, they were all familiar with each other from the workplace, where they were mathematicians at competing universities. They formally met each other during the city's Milenaria, which is celebrated in Numerun Antigua. The universities decided to go on a historic academic trip together, grouping together departments of various schools. After getting to know each other throughout the day and making several bad math puns, the five went down the Colina Umerun, one after the other, and regrouped at the bottom. Rojo Uno was a huge fan of racing and expected the others to be amazed by his run, but the other four marbles moved on with the day.

It was not until a few months later, when they met for dinner, that they all began to realize that they felt the same way. Rojo Uno, Rojo Dos, Rojo Tres, and Rojo Cuatro stepped away from their jobs the following semester, and began to seek training. Luckily for them, Numerun is the host city for the Surculo, the most popular marble sports tournament south of Marblopolis. They quickly found a trainer and, in 2012, entered the Surculo.

Meanwhile, Rojo Cinco remained at his job so he could complete a second doctorate degree in sports medicine. During his time at university, he came across Red Number 3, who was completing his master's degree in sports medicine. The two became friends upon finding out, during one of their class sessions, that they were both interested in the Surculo.

The Rojo Rollers started off poorly in the Surculo, finishing within the bottom half in their first tournament. The team were not deterred and improved in the next year, finishing exactly in the middle of the competition. In 2014, their margin of improvement was significant, and they earned a wild card spot in the elite league. Even though the stakes rose in 2015, the Rojo Rollers, steadfast to their passion and skill, improved still, and finished as runners-up to the Jawbreakers at the conclusion of the tournament.

With the announcement of Marble League 2016, Greg Woods extended an invite to the leading teams of many regional marble sports tournaments. This included the top three teams of the 2015 Surculo, which were the Jawbreakers, the Rojo Rollers, and the Quicksilvers. The Jawbreakers and the Rojo Rollers accepted, while the Quicksilvers declined in favor of one more shot at the Surculo. The Jungle Jumpers, who finished fourth, also declined the invitation, so the fifth-placed Chocolatiers were the third team who accepted.

The Rojo Rollers entered Marble League 2016 as strong as they possibly could have imagined, earning the first gold medal in the tournament's history in the Balancing event. Their points record of 347 lasted for three years until the Crazy Cat's Eyes broke it in Marble League 2019. The team were eliminated in the first round of the Relay Race event, but received an extra point as consolation due to construction defect on the uppermost track. They came last during Event 3, Collision, but made up for it in the Sand Rally event, with Rojo Uno winning a silver medal. The team were at the top of the standings for the second time. Rojo Dos placed fourth in the next event, Long Jump, to earn four points.

However, the next event, Water Race, seemed to have foreshadowed the downfall of the Rojo Rollers, as Rojo Cuatro was disqualified for allegedly blocking one of his opponents. The team lost three points as a result. Rojo Cuatro attempted to appeal his disqualification, claiming he was really stuck on the course, but his appeal was denied. This only made the team work harder though, and their effort immediately paid off in the next event, High Jump, where Rojo Dos earned a gold medal. For the third time within the season, the Rojo Rollers were at the top of the standings.

Unfortunately, the Rojo Rollers slipped away later on and only earned one point during the last five events of the season, that single point being from placing eighth in Quartet Diving. They finished Marble League 2016 in sixth place with 30 points. Had the team not been disqualified, the Rojo Rollers would have finished in fifth place, two points ahead of the O'rangers.

The Rojo Rollers' return in the Marble League 2017 Qualifiers was but a continuation of the downturn they experienced in the second half of the previous season. Although the team finished ninth in Relay Race, they went scoreless for the rest of Qualifiers and finished in last place with only four points. Out of the four original teams who failed to appear in a second consecutive season, the Rojo Rollers were arguably the most surprising on the list. The team had been in the top four of the standings at the end of every 2016 event, except for the last two.

While the Rojo Rollers were experiencing their first extended offseason, they entered into an official partnership with rising Sand Marble Rally star Red Number 3, who hails from Bifornya, a village outside of Numerun. As part of the partnership, Rojo Cinco finally joined the Rojo Rollers as their "rojo-serve". The team traveled to Doornse Gat to support Red Number 3 in Sand Marble Rally 2017. The team became very close with him, even including his likeness in their logo, and began training at his side.

The Rojo Rollers competed in the Marble League 2018 Qualifiers and were seeded in Group A. They won the first event, Curling, and finished second in the final event, Halfpipe. Despite such a good performance, the Rojo Rollers failed to qualify for the second year in a row, coming in fifth place with 19 points. The Balls of Chaos, who had missed Marble League 2017 along with the Rojo Rollers, qualified at the top of their group. The Snowballs were already selected to host Marble League 2018, making the Rojo Rollers and the Kobalts the two teams to miss out on two Marble Leagues in a row. The team were disappointed, but they decided to remain together, as did the Kobalts.

The Rojo Rollers initially planned to return to their universities for a semester to teach, but realized that the paparazzi would be hounding them. A few months later, they hosted a joint conference about their experience in Marble League, and broke records for the largest attendance in academic conference history. They were surprised upon knowing this, pure and simple.

It was clear that, despite not being in the Marble League for so long, the Rojo Rollers have retained a dedicated fanbase, especially in their home city. Additionally, with the help of Red Number 3, the team began construction of a training facility and marble sports stadium, located in the city of Numerun. The stadium features a gap in the stands, allowing viewers to get a direct view of Colina Umerun. This stadium was submitted as a host for Marble League 2019, but was not picked.

The Rojo Rollers' performance in the two offseason events were decent at best. Rojo Tres placed sixteenth in the 100 Meter Water Race, just behind Yellup of Mellow Yellow. In the Amazing Maze Marble Race, the team placed first in their heat, but finished last in their semifinal group. The team showed promise, but doubt was cast on their ability to follow through in the Marble League 2019 Qualifiers.

Also during this time, the Rojo Rollers released their new logo, featuring a roller skate instead of a red number three pool ball. This disturbed Red Number 3, who thought the team had ended their relationship with him. They met privately to assure him this was not happening. However, when Red Number 3 was exposed as coming out of a keychain, the team cut partnership with him before the team's reputation was tarnished.

Rojo Rollers fans

Fans of the Rojo Rollers during the Marble League 2019 Qualifiers.

The doubt about the Rojo Rollers' recent performances became their reality in the Marble League 2019 Qualifiers, where they missed out on the Marble League for the third season in a row. The team finished within the bottom half in each of the events, and never made it into the top twelve. At this point, the team were prepared for a third extended offseason, and maybe longer. Their new coach, Rojo Cero, thought their morale was gone. He remarked that the five could work well as a team, but only Rojo Uno and Rojo Dos could really compete individually.

The Rojo Rollers rejoiced at the announcement of the Marble League Showdown 2019 and immediately got to training. As the Showdown approached, the team emerged as a favorite to not only advance to the Marble League 2020 Qualifiers, but to win the Showdown overall. However, they did not show it in the first event, Sand Rally, where Rojo Cuatro finished seventh. 

Then came the next event, Collision, the event the Rojo Rollers did not perform very well three years ago. However, the team surprised the audience by dominating over their group and pulling tight leads over their opponents in the knockout stage. All five of the Rojo Rollers members were on the podium for their first gold medal since the Marble League 2018 Qualifiers. The team rose to second place in the standings, further proving their place in Marble League

In the third event, Funnel Race, the Rojo Rollers put in Rojo Dos. Although Rojo Cuatro had more experience in funnel spinning, he had already participated in the Sand Rally event. The team's gamble with Rojo Dos paid off, with his performance earning them a bronze medal. The team remained in second overall, just one point behind the Snowballs. But most importantly, they managed to secure a spot in the Marble League 2020 Qualifiers

The final event, Balancing, was the event the Rojo Rollers had the best experience in, but this time, they did not show it. The team, perhaps in an effort to conserve their energy, came in last. They remained within the top three at the conclusion of the Showdown, placing third behind the Hornets, who had overtaken them in the standings. In fact, the Rojo Rollers were one point and one medal ahead of Team Primary, who jumped to fourth after winning a gold medal in the aforementioned Balancing event. Meanwhile, the Kobalts finished the Showdown in tenth place and would remain in the Showdown in 2020, guaranteeing that at least one of the two teams would not get a second season of the Marble League just yet. 

During the Rojo Rollers' training session as preparation for the Marble League 2020 Qualifiers, Rojo Cero received an official letter from the JMRC, inviting the team to compete in Marbula One 2020. The team accepted the invitation and had Rojo Uno and Rojo Dos represent them there. With Marbula One as their proving ground, the Rojo Rollers were looking ahead for the upcoming Marble League 2020 Qualifiers.[2]

Marble League 2016 Edit

Main article: Marble League 2016
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Event Participant Final Result Place Points Overall Standing
Balancing All 347 cm (MR) 1st 10 1st
Relay Race All 24.30 sec. 12th 1 2nd
Collision All Heat Loss 16th 0 4th
Sand Rally Rojo Uno 0:56.42 2nd 7 2nd
Long Jump Rojo Dos 93.8 cm 4th 4 2nd
Water Race Rojo Cuatro DSQ 16th -3 4th
High Jump Rojo Dos 55 cm 1st 10 1st
10 Meter Sprint Rojo Tres 5.340 sec. 13th 0 3rd
Team Pursuit All 26.50 sec. 11th 0 3rd
Precision Slalom All 4 pts 16th 0 4th
Quartet Diving All 32.63 pts 8th 1 5th
Hurdles Rojo Dos 5.69 sec. 12th 0 6th

Marble League 2017 Edit

Main article: Marble League 2017

QualifiersEdit

The Rojo Rollers failed to qualify for Marble League 2017.

Event Participant Final Result Placing Points Overall Standing
Relay Race All 10.83 sec. 9th 4 9th
Sand Race Rojo Dos DNF 16th 0 13th
Block Pushing All 54.3 cm 13th 0 16th
Funnel Spin Rojo Cuatro 0:37.35 14th 0 16th

Marble League 2018 Edit

Main article: Marble League 2018

QualifiersEdit

The Rojo Rollers failed to qualify for Marble League 2018. They competed in Group A.

Event Participant Final Result Placing Points Overall Standing
Curling All Winner 1st 8 1st
Snow Race Rojo Uno 21.60 sec. 7th 2 2nd
5 Meter Ice Dash Rojo Tres 5.07 sec. 7th 2 6th
Halfpipe All 39.99 sec. 2nd 7 5th

Other 2018 Competitions Edit

The Rojo Rollers took part in three other competitions in 2018: the Marble League 2018 Consolation Race, the 100 Meter Water Race and the Amazing Maze Marble Race.

Event Participant Final Result Place
Marble League 2018 Consolation Race Rojo Uno 44.14 sec. 1st
100 Meter Water Race Rojo Tres 4:07.74 16th
Amazing Maze Marble Race All 28 pts 6th

Marble League 2019 Edit

Main article: Marble League 2019
Rojo Rollers Logo

Rojo Rollers' original logo for the 2019 season, designed by Hersh.

QualifiersEdit

The Rojo Rollers failed to qualify for Marble League 2019.

Event Participant Final Result Placing Points Overall Standing
Funnel Race Rojo Cuatro 0:59.97 13th 6 13th
Block Pushing All 102.2 cm 10th 9 14th
Relay Race All 10.87 sec. 17th 2 15th
Underwater Race Rojo Uno (C) 29.72 sec. 10th 9 15th

Marble League Showdown 2019 Edit

Main article: Marble League Showdown 2019

The Rojo Rollers qualified for the Marble League 2020 Qualifiers.

Event Participant Final Result Placing Points Overall Standing
Sand Rally Rojo Cuatro 2:15.28 7th 5 7th
Collision All Winners 1st 20 2nd
Funnel Race Rojo Dos 1:44.70 3rd 12 2nd
Balancing All 195 cm 12th 0 3rd

Marbula One Season 1Edit

Main article: Marbula One Season 1

The Rojo Rollers took part in Marbula One Season 1. Their team consisted of Rojo Uno and Rojo Dos.

Season Entrant SAV ORA MOM HOR GDK TBO RSP MNW Points Total
S1 Rojo Uno 14th 8th 5th 10th 23rd (15) 13th (32)
Rojo Dos 13th 10th 6th 6th 21st (17)
Grand Prix Participant Qualifying
Position
Time Place Points Overall
Standing
Rojo Uno
Standing
Rojo Dos
Standing
Savage Speedway Rojo Uno 12th 5:36.81 14th 0 14th 14th -
O'raceway Rojo Dos 14th 5:30.57 13th 0 16th 27th 25th
Momotorway Rojo Uno 9th 5:44.69 8th 4 13th 18th 27th
Hivedrive Rojo Dos 15th 5:41.49 10th 1 15th 21st 26th
Greenstone Rojo Uno 8th 6:05.21 5th 10 14th 18th 27th
Short Circuit Rojo Dos 6th 5:32.45 6th 8 12th 19th 22nd
Razzway Rojo Dos 8th 5:34.12 6th 8 13th 21st 20th
Midnight Bay Rojo Uno 10th 8:02.43 10th 1 13th 23rd 21st

Marble League 2020Edit

Main article: Marble League 2020

QualifiersEdit

The Rojo Rollers failed to qualify for Marble League 2020.

Event Participant Final Result Placing Points Overall Standing
Balancing All 208 cm 20th 0 20th
Funnel Endurance Rojo Uno 1:57.79 13th 7 18th
Block Pushing All 60.3 cm 9th 11 19th
5 Meter Sprint Rojo Cuatro 5.352 sec. 14th 6 19th

ResultsEdit

Marble League ResultsEdit

Year Events Medals Result Points
G S B Tot.
2016 12 2 1 0 3 6th 30
2017 Did not qualify
2018 Did not qualify
2019 Did not qualify
2020 Did not qualify

Marble League Showdown ResultsEdit

Year Events Medals Result Points
G S B Tot.
2019 4 1 0 1 2 3rd 37
2020 4 TBD

Marbula One ResultsEdit

Season Grands
Prix
Medals Result Points
G S B Tot.
S1 8 0 0 0 0 13th 32

GalleryEdit

Trivia Edit

  • The Rojo Rollers claimed the very first Marble League gold medal after winning the Balancing event at the 2016 Games.
  • The Rojo Rollers and the Kobalts share the sad distinction of being the only two teams from the first Marble League to have yet to appear in any other edition.
  • Sand Marble Rally athlete Red Number 3 was associated with the Rojo Rollers until the "Not A Marble" controversy when it was revealed that Red Number 3 came from a keychain. The team ended their relationship with him in the midst of preparing for the Marble League 2019 Qualifiers.[3]
  • They share a similar name and colors to the Ruby Rollers from the Hubelino Tournament.
  • In Marbula One Season 1, the Rojo Rollers' had the smallest difference in points between the two racers - a difference of two points.

ReferencesEdit

  1. LittleMighty_ (25th February 2019). Captains voting results!. Reddit.
  2. Stynth (17th January 2020). RetRollSpective – Rojo Rollers. Marble Sports.
  3. Stynth (27th January 2019). The Teams You'll Miss In The 2019 MarbleLympics. Marble Sports.
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