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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 the 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. They placed first, and managed to secure a place in the upcoming qualifiers.

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Snowballs after winning the gold medal in the Team Pursuit event

Team MembersEdit

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 2020 Team
Snow Snow Snow Snow  Snow 
Snowy Snowy Snowy Snowy Snowy
Snowflake Snowflake Snowflake Snowflake Captain Snowflake Captain
Snowstorm Snowstorm Snowstorm Snowstorm Snowstorm
Snowblast 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 12 2 1 3 6 ML Showdown 2019 - Champions
M1 S1 Racers' Runners-up

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

HistoryEdit

Pre-Marble LeagueEdit

Snow

The Snowballs in Marble League 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 but a village known for its ski slopes, and nothing else. Snowflake lived in an acacia log house on one of the ski slopes there. In fact, her parents were the owners of that particular slope, which they somehow named after her: Snowflake Slope. It remains a tourist destination for marbles who live in the southeast of North America. It is believed that the O'Marbles family, who later form the O'rangers, used to hang out at 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 her future teammates, Snowstorm and Snowblast. A few years later, Snowflake founded the school's ski team and started practicing on her family's slope. The ski team later entered a local skiing tournament. The Hailfern Ski Team proved a worthy contender and qualified for the regional finals at Blancouver. Suddenly, during the finals, Snowflake found out that her father had been killed in an avalanche. She dropped out of the competition 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 friendly match. Snowflake came along to support her former team. Snow, Snowy and Snowstorm came to visit her to recount 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, once she graduated, Snowflake, along with Snow, Snowy and Snowstorm, moved to Snoronto to attend the University of Snoronto. They continued to compete together in various university marble sports competition. They eventually came to be known as the Snowballs, and they made rivals of the university's other main group: the Gliding Glaciers, who hail from the island city of Guuk. The Snowballs became one of the most popular university teams in North America and brought international attention to Hailfern.[2]

2016Edit

The Snowballs ended up being invited 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 team had a decent 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, they 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.[2]

2017Edit

The Snowballs returned to the Marble League for the Marble League 2017 Qualifiers with high hopes. However, those hopes were soon crushed. They came fifth and eighth in the first two events, but earned no points in the final two events. The team came joint 13th with the Kobalts and the Balls of Chaos, 4 points short of qualifying. The Snowballs realized they needed more professional experience, so in the offseason, they went to the MFC Championship League, which the Balls of Chaos mentioned to them, and competed there as an exhibition team.

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The Arcitc Circle

Meanwhile, Snowblast stayed in Hailfern and rebuilded the Hailfern 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 honor of hosting Marble League 2018. The team accepted and became the first team to host a Marble League.[2]

2018Edit

The Snowballs automatically qualified for Marble League 2018 as hosts. They recruited Snowblast as their reserve member for the Marble League 2018 Friendly Round, which was basically a practice round for them. They dominated the round, staying in the lead ahead of Marble League mainstays – the Savage Speeders, the O'rangers, and Mellow Yellow. Because of this, the Snowballs quickly became a favorite for the championship title.

In fact, the Snowballs proceeded to start the main competition really well, with Snow finishing 4th in the first event, 5 Meter Ice Dash. However, in the next event, Ski Jump, Snowstorm had a mediocre performance, finishing 9th, and the team came last in the Halfpipe event. A mediocre seventh place finish in the Bobsled event saw the team fall to 13th overall. At this point, fans were starting to question the Snowballs' status as title contenders.

But the Snowballs had no intention of giving up. They later managed to turn things around in the next three events, with the team's first actual medals, a bronze for Snowflake in Speed Skating, and a gold in Team Pursuit. They followed this up with a fourth place finish for Snowy in Snow Rally. This put the team in second overall. However, the Snowballs did not medal again and dropped to eighth as of Event 11, Ice Hockey.

Before the final event, a blizzard in Hailfern led to an avalanche that destroyed the stadium and severely 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, Sand Mogul Race. Snow was chosen to represent the Snowballs in the event. He reached the Semifinals and was tied with Ocean of the Oceanics for time. As a result, the Snowballs concluded Marble League 2018 at seventh overall, tied with the Raspberry Racers for points, but ahead with a gold medal against the Raspberry Racers' silver, also from the Team Pursuit event.

The Snowballs began to rebuild the stadium in the offseason. 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.[2]

2019Edit

The team's struggles continued into the Marble League 2019 Qualifiers, where the team finished in 18th place, thus 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 Snowballs then heard of the announcement for the Marble League Showdown 2019 and got back to training in their recently repaired training facility. The team did exceptionally in the competition, earning a medal in all events except for Collision. Snowstorm earned a bronze medal in the Sand Rally, Snow won gold in the Funnel Race, and the team claimed silver in Balancing. The team earned 53 points and won the Showdown, securing their spot in the Marble League 2020 Qualifiers.[2]

2020Edit

While training for Marble League 2020, the Snowballs received an invitation from the JMRC to take part in Marbula One Season 1. They happily accepted it and chose Snowy and Snowflake to represent them. With their strong performance in Showdown 2019, the Snowballs could bet on Marbula One to prove their newfound supremacy in marble sports as they kept an eye on the Marble League 2020 Qualifiers.[2]

Even though the team won the Marble League Showdown 2019 they were not able to qualify for the Marble League 2020. The team collapsed in the 5-meter sprint, where they sat fifth in the overall standings, and finished fifteenth overall due to Snowflake finishing last in the sprint. For the second straight year, the Snowballs will be watching the Marble League from the couch. Frustrated fans have called for the replacement of longtime coach Blizzard, as well as demands that Snowy take over as captain.

Marble League 2016Edit

Main article: Marble League 2016
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 8th
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.

Marble League 2017 Edit

Main article: Marble League 2017
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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 14th

Marble League 2018Edit

Main article: Marble League 2018
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

Other 2018 Competitions Edit

The Snowballs took part in two other competitions in 2018: the 100 Meter Water Race and the Amazing Maze Marble Race.

Event Participant Final Result Place
100 Meter Water Race Snowflake DNF 21st
Amazing Maze Marble Race All 22 pts 23rd

Marble League 2019 Edit

Main article: Marble League 2019
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

Main article: Marble League Showdown 2019

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 Season 1Edit

Main article: Marbula One Season 1

The Snowballs took part in Marbula One. Their team consisted of Snowy and Snowflake.

Season Entrant SAV ORA MOM HOR GDK TBO RSP MNW Points Total
S1 Snowy 3rd 9th 1st 3rd 2nd (58) 4th (66)
Snowflake 6th 14th 13th 13th 27th (8)

Their season was notable for the sharp contrast between the members' performances. Snowy managed to earn 58 points on his own, even earning a race victory and two 3rd place finishes on his way to 2nd place in the Driver's Championship. On the converse, Snowflake was notable for her poor performances, including a 14th place finish after starting from pole position. The team ultimately finished with 66 points, good enough for 4th in the Team's Championship.

Grand Prix Participant Qualifying
Position
Time Place Points Overall
Standing
Snowy
Standing
Snowflake
Standing
Savage Speedway Snowy 5th 5:24.94 3rd 15 3rd 3rd -
O'raceway Snowflake 13th 5:25.36 6th 8 5th 5th 11th
Momotorway Snowy 15th 5:45.19 9th 2 7th 9th 14th
Hivedrive Snowflake 1st 5:44.21 14th 0 7th 11th 18th
Greenstone Snowflake 10th 6:09.62 13th 0 10th 17th 21st
Short Circuit Snowy 12th 5:27.40 1st 25 4th 1st 24th
Razzway Snowflake 12th 5:38.55 13th 0 5th 3rd 27th
Midnight Bay Snowy 8th 7:56.88 3rd 16* 4th 2nd

27th

*Snowy set the fastest lap of the race and was awarded an extra point

Marble League 2020Edit

Main article: Marble League 2020

QualifiersEdit

The Snowballs failed to qualify for Marble League 2020.

Event Participant Final Result Placing Points Overall Standing
Balancing All 344 cm 9th 11 9th
Funnel Endurance Snow 2:02.11 12th 8 14th
Block Pushing All 62.9 cm 5th 15 7th
5 Meter Sprint Snowflake 5.497 sec. 20th 0 15th

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
2020 Did not qualify

Marble League Showdown ResultsEdit

Year Events Medals Result Points
G S B Tot.
2019 4 1 1 1 3 1st 53
2020 TBD

Gray background indicates tournaments as the host team.

Marbula One ResultsEdit

Season Grands
Prix
Medals Result Points
G S B Tot.
S1 8 1 0 2 3 4th 66

Gallery Edit

Trivia Edit

  • The Snowballs, so far, are the best performing Marble League host team.
  • The Snowballs are the first winners of the Marble League Showdown.
    • Furthermore, they have the singular record of having won at least one of each type of medal, which they achieved in 2019.
  • In the Snowballs' announcement poster for Marbula One, Snowflake's childhood home (the acacia log cabin) makes an appearance in the background.
  • The Snowballs along with Mellow Yellow, the O'rangers and the Pinkies are the only teams that are a solid color.
  • The Snowballs are often confused with the Pinkies due to their similar colors.
  • The Snowballs are one of four teams to never successfully qualify for a Marble League via the Qualifiers. The others are the Kobalts, Rojo Rollers, and Turtle Sliders.

ReferencesEdit

  1. Skystrykr (15th March 2019). 2019 MarbleLympics - Team Members. Reddit.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 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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