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The Snowballs are an all white team introduced in Marble League 2016. The team is represented by Snow, Snowy, Snowflake and Snowstorm. In Marble League 2016, the Snowballs did poorly and managed to finish only in 14th place after accumulating 14 points. The only medal they won was a bronze in the Relay Run event. Despite not finishing the race in the final run and coming last in the 4 way race, Snowballs were awarded a "consolation bronze" as the official has identified a defect in the lane 1 that the Snowballs were competing in. The Thunderbolts and Snowballs were both awarded the bronze medal and 5 points each. In the Marble League 2017 Qualifiers, Snowballs were tied for 13th and thus were eliminated before the final tournament. Snowblast also become a member for Marble League 2018.

The Snowballs were the host team of Marble League 2018 and thus automatically qualified. Their performance in the friendly made them big favorites, but their burn out in the beginning of the games was discouraging before their first gold medal in the sixth event, Team Pursuit. The team ended in seventh place overall.

After falling short of qualifying for the 2019 season, the Snowballs participated in the Marble League Showdown for one of eight spots in the Marble League 2020 Qualifiers.

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Snowballs after winning the gold medal in the Team Pursuit event

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Team Members Edit

Snow, Snowy, Snowflake and Snowstorm were the original members of Snowballs and the current members of the team. Snowblast joined the team in 2018. Snowflake became team captain in 2019.

2016 Team 2017 Team 2018 Team 2019 Team
Snowflake Snowflake Snowflake Snowflake Captain
Snow Snow Snow Snow
Snowy Snowy Snowy Snowy
Snowstorm Snowstorm Snowstorm Snowstorm
Snowblast Snowblast
Color Meaning
Team Member
Reserve Member
Injured

CoachesEdit

Coach From To Events G S B Tot. Honors
Blizzard 15 March 2019[1] present 4 1 1 1 3 2019 Marble League Showdown

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

HistoryEdit

Snow

The Snowballs in 2016

The Snowballs come from the small city of Hailfern in the northeast of North America. When the Snowballs' team members were young, Hailfern was just a village known for its ski slopes. Snowflake lived in an acacia log house on one of the ski slopes with her parents. Her parents wee the owners of the slope and named it after her: Snowflake Slope. It became a tourist destination for marbles who lived in the southeast of North America. It is believed that the O'Marbles family who later form the O'rangers visited the slope before competing in the Fruit Circuit.

Snowflake would travel down the slope every day on her way to school in Hailfern. While at the school's after-school snowtubing club, she met Snowstorm and Snowblast. When Snowflake was older, she founded the school's ski team which practiced on her family's slope. The Ski Team were competing at regional finals in Blancouver when Snowflake found out that her father had been killed in an avalanche. She dropped out of her race and returned home. Snowstorm and Snowblast talked to the other ski teams to try and raise support for Snowflake's family. The Blancouver team, headed up by Snow and Snowy, donated their funds from hosting to Snowflake's family. Snowflake dropped out of school to help her mother run the ski lift. Months later, the team from Blancouver came to Hailfern for a competition. Snowflake came along to support her former team. Snow, Snowy and Snowstorm came to visit her to remember their previous competitions. They later went out and rolled together into the night. They then promised to meet up again.

Snowflake's mother supported her daughter in marble sports. Snowflake eventually rejoined the school ski team and when she graduated she went to the University of Snoronto, along with Snow, Snowy and Snowstorm. The continued to compete together in various marble sports. They eventually became known as the Snowballs and they became rivals with the university's other main group: the Gliding Glaciers, who were from an island city called Guuk. The Snowballs became one of the most popular university teams in North America and brought international attention to Hailfern.

The team were chosen to compete in Marble League 2016 as a wildcard entry compared to internationally renowned teams like Team Primary, the Savage Speeders and the Rojo Rollers. The Snowballs had an OK start to the competition, gaining one point in the first event, Balancing, five points and a technical bronze medal due to a track defect in Event 2, the Relay Race. However, the team only managed to earn another eight points over the next ten events, earning no points in six of those events, finishing the competition in a disappointing 14th place.

The team returned to the Marble League for the Marble League 2017 Qualifiers with high hopes. However, those hopes were soon crushed. The team came fifth and eighth in the first two events, but earned zero points in the final two events. The team came joint 13th with the Kobalts, 4 points short of qualifying. The team realized they needed more professional experience so in the off-season they competed in the MFC Championship League which they had heard about from the Balls of Chaos.

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The Arcitc Circle

Meanwhile, Snowblast had remained in Hailfern and had built up the ski team to win its first regional title. The village had also started to expand in business. A construction company, Arctic Corporation, started working on an arena and training facilities for the Snowballs on the opposite side of the mountain from Snowflake Slope. The stadium was named The Arctic Circle upon completion. During the fall on 2017, the stadium was visited by Jelle and Dion Bakker and Greg Woods during their world tour, after visiting the Royal Family of Snoronto. They liked the stadium so much that they offered the Snowballs the chance to host Marble League 2018. They accepted and became the first team to host a Marble League.

The team automatically qualified for Marble League 2018 as hosts. They recruited Snowblast as their reserve member for the Marble League 2018 Friendly Round. They won every round, beating Marble League mainstays the Savage Speeders, the O'rangers, and Mellow Yellow. The team started the main competition strongly, with a 4th place finish for Snow in Event 1, the 5 Meter Ice Dash, and Snowstorm coming in 9th in the second event, the Ski Jump. However, the team came last in Event 3, the Halfpipe and seventh in Event 4, the Bobseld, falling to 13 overall. The team managed to turn things around with the team's first ever medal, a bronze for Snowflake, in Event 5, Speed Skating, a gold medal in Event 6, Team Pursuit, and a 4th place finish for Snowy in Event 7, the Snow Rally. This put the team in second overall. However, the team did not podium again and ended up in seventh place overall. Before the final event, a blizzard in Hailfern led to an avalanche that destroyed the stadium and severley damaged the Snowballs' training facilities. The Bakker brothers and the IMC decided to use the Bakker Bowl as a temporary stadium for the final event, the Sand Mogul Race.

The Snowballs began to rebuild the stadium in the off-season. They also competed in two events: the 100 Meter Water Race where Snowflake did not finish and the Amazing Maze Marble Race where the team came second-to-last. The team's struggles continued into the Marble League 2019 Qualifiers where the team finished in 18th place, failing to qualify for Marble League 2019. Snowflake made a comment suggesting that the conditions weren't fair at the Seven Seas Stadium, the stadium of the Oceanics. This drew scrutiny from the Oceanics. The Snowballs dropped the charges after negotiations between the Royal Family of Snoronto and the Royal Family of Dunduei.

The team then learned about the Marble League Showdown 2019 and started to train in their recently repaired training facility. The team did extremely well in the competition, earning a medal in all events accept for Collision. Snowstorm earned a bronze in the Sand Rally, Snow won a silver in the Funnel Race and the team earned a silver in Balancing. The team earned 53 points and won the Showdown, securing their spot in the Marble League 2020 Qualifiers.

While training for Marble League 2020, the Snowballs received an invite from the JMRC inviting them to take part in Marbula One 2019/20. The Snowballs accepted and chose Snowy and Snowflake to represent them. Snowflake's acacia log cabin featured in their reveal poster.[2]

Marble League 2016 Edit

Event Participant Final Result Place Points Overall Standing
Balancing All 254 cm 8th 1 8th
Relay Race All DNF 3rd* 5* 5th
Collision All Heat Loss 11th 0 7th
Sand Rally Snowflake 1:00.14 8th 1 8th
Long Jump Snow 77.9 cm 14th 0 9th
Water Race Snowy DNF 15th 0 11th
High Jump Snowstorm X 12th 0 12th
10 Meter Sprint Snow 5.022 sec. 5th 3 12th
Team Pursuit All 25.55 sec. 9th 0 14th
Precision Slalom All 18 pts 6th 2 14th
Quartet Diving All 31.77 pts 10th 0 15th
Hurdles Snowy 5.51 sec. 6th 2 14th

*Snowballs originally finished 4th in the final, but because of a defect in upper lane, the lane they were running in they received 1 extra point and they later received a bronze medal after the podium ceremony.

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Marble League 2017 Edit

QualifiersEdit

The Snowballs failed to qualify for Marble League 2017.

Event Participant Final Result Placing Points Overall Standing
Relay Race All 10.71 sec. 8th 5 8th
Sand Race Snowstorm 26.19 sec. 5th 8 6th
Block Pushing All 52.0 cm 16th 0 8th
Funnel Spin Snow 0:34.05 15th 0 13th

Marble League 2018 Edit

SNOWBALLS LOGO

2018 Snowballs logo

As hosts, the Snowballs automatically qualified.

Friendly Round Edit

Event Participant Final Result Placing Points Overall Standing
5 Meter Ice Dash Snow 4.85 sec. 1st 5 1st
Curling All - 4th 1 1st
Halfpipe All 39.22 sec. 1st 5 1st

Main TournamentEdit

Event Participant Final Result Place Points Overall Standing
5 Meter Ice Dash Snow 5.09 sec. 4th 12 4th
Ski Jump Snowstorm 114.6 cm 9th 7 6th
Halfpipe All 26.58 sec. 16th 0 11th
Bobsled All 14.43 sec. 7th 9 13th
Speed Skating Snowflake 30.77 sec. 3rd 15 7th
Team Pursuit All 30.93 sec. 1st 25 3rd
Snow Rally Snowy 46.66 sec. 4th 12 2nd
Snowboard Cross Snowstorm 52.56 sec. 10th 6 3rd
Curling All Heat Loss 12th 4 5th
Biathlon All 24.77 sec. 12th 4 8th
Ice Hockey All Heat Loss 10th 6 8th
Sand Mogul Race Snow 6.40 sec. 6th 10 7th

Marble Leagueics 2019 Edit

Snowballs Logo

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

QualifiersEdit

The Snowballs failed to qualify for Marble League 2019. Some have speculated that this was due to the difference in weather conditions compared to their home.[3]

Event Participant Final Result Placing Points Overall Standing
Funnel Race Snowflake (C) 0:56.35 15th 4 15th
Block Pushing All 90.0 cm 17th 2 18th
Relay Race All 13.63 sec. 19th 1 18th
Underwater Race Snow 29.61 sec. 8th 11 18th

Marble League Showdown 2019 Edit

The Snowballs qualified for the Marble League 2020 Qualifiers.

Event Participant Final Result Placing Points Overall Standing
Sand Rally Snowstorm 2:14.56 3rd 12 3rd
Collision All Quarterfinal Loss 6th 6 4th
Funnel Race Snow 1:59.74 1st 20 1st
Balancing All 395 cm 2nd 15 1st

Marbula One 2019/20Edit

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The Snowballs will be taking part in Marbula One 2019/20. Their team will consist of:

ResultsEdit

Marble League ResultsEdit

Year Events Medals Result Points
G S B Tot.
2016 12 0 0 1 1 14th 14
2017 Did not qualify
2018 12 1 0 1 2 7th 110
2019 Did not qualify

Marble League Showdown ResultsEdit

Year Events Medals Result Points
G S B Tot.
2019 4 1 1 1 3 1st 53

*Red border indicates tournaments as the host team.

Trivia Edit

  • The Pinkies changed their uniforms in Marble League 2018 to a much more distinct pink in order to not be confused with the Snowballs.
  • The Snowballs, so far, are the best performing host team.
  • The Snowballs are the only team to have ever won the Marble League Showdown championship. Furthermore, they have the singular record of having won at least one of each type of medal during the Showdown.

ReferencesEdit

  1. Skystrykr (15th March 2019). 2019 MarbleLympics - Team Members. Reddit.
  2. Stynth (11th January 2020). RetRollSpective – Snowballs. Marble Sports.
  3. Stynth (27th January 2019). The Teams You’ll Miss In The 2019 MarbleLympics. Marble Sports.
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