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Team Galactic (formerly known as Team Galaxy) is the almost transparent brown and white team introduced in Marble League 2016 and is represented by Cosmo, Starry, Astron, and Pulsar. In September of 2019, they were announced as the hosts for the 2020 Marble League.

Team MembersEdit

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Cosmo, Starry, Astron, and Pulsar have been in Team Galactic since 2016. Quasar joined the team in 2018. Cosmo became team captain in 2019.

2016 Team 2017 Team 2018 Team 2019 Team
Cosmo Cosmo Cosmo Cosmo Captain
Starry Starry Starry Starry
Astron Astron Astron Astron
Pulsar Pulsar Pulsar Pulsar
Quasar Quasar
Color Meaning
Team Member
Reserve Member
Injured

CoachesEdit

Coach From To Events G S B Tot. Honors
Black Hole 15 March 2019[1] present 16 0 2 0 2

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

HistoryEdit

Galaxy

Team Galactic in 2016

The original members of Team Galactic met while working at the Galactic National Space Center, located in the heart of Galakonur, a city renown for scientific advancement. The four worked together for about a year and a half, bonding over their love for sports which they had all competed in in their youth. In 2014, the city announced that they would be holding an athletics tournament with teams of four marbles. Cosmo and Astron signed up immediately before inviting Starry and Pulsar to join them. The team dominated the competition, winning nearly half of the events. The success of the team led to fame throughout the region, bringing news coverage and praise to the city. The news was even more remarkable as the region is not renowned for its sporting achievements.

When Marble League 2016 was announced, the region almost unanimously chose the four to to compete for them. The team originally entered the competition as "Team Galaxy". However, the Galaxy™ Corporation, known for their toothpaste, saw the name as a threat to their brand and threatened the team with legal action. After intense negotiations, the team changed their name to "Team Galactic" days before the competition started. The confusion with the name led some fans to assume the team were sponsored by the Galaxy™ Corporation and bought lots of their products.

The team started off Marble League 2016 as a middle of the pack team, coming in the middle of the standings. They received their first medal, a bronze, through Starry's performance in the Sand Rally. The team continued to regularly place in the top ten, but ended up finishing the competition in 11th place due to the scoring system that heavily favored podium finishes. This left the team disappointed but ready to try again the next year.

The team returned to the Marble League in the Marble League 2017 Qualifiers finishing fifth overall. However, the team had a poor start to Marble League 2017, coming last in the Funnel Race and 15th in the Long Jump. The team managed to turn things around and in event 5, the Hurdles, Starry managed to secure the team's first gold medal, followed by their second in the final event, the Sand Rally. This led the team to finish in 5th overall.

2018 saw Pulsar's younger brother, Quasar join the team as the reserve member. Team Galactic started off Marble League 2018 by qualifying in the after the third qualifying event. However, the main competition did not go as well spending most of the season in the bottom half of the table, with a slight relief of a silver medal in Event 4, Bobsled. They finished the season in 11th, leaving the team and the fans disappointed. Cosmo was especially disappointed due to his poor performance in the final event, the Sand Mogul Race leaving him to feel that the fans had lost faith in him. After the poor season there were talks of dissolving the team, but they didn't come to anything and the team announced their return for Marble League 2019.

During the off-season, Astron came fourth in the 100 Meter Water Race and the team made it to the semi-finals of the Amazing Maze Marble Race. Black Hole, Astron's former track coach, was hired as coach for the team. Team Galactic qualified in second for Marble League 2019, leading them to be crowned as "Preseason Champions" as they had performed consistently well in the pre-season events and the Qualifiers. The team started off with middle of the pack results before earning their first medal of the league, a silver medal in Event 7, Block Pushing. At the middle of the competition, Team Galactic were in third. After this point, the team's performance dropped. Starry received a minor injury during Event 7, Block Pushing, leading her to miss out on Event 9, Hurdles which she had previously won.
Beta-ML2020

The original teaser for the hosts of Marble League 2020

The team continued the second half of the League with sub-par performances, except a 4th place in Event 12, Rafting, leading them to enter the final event in 11th for the third year in a row. The final event, Sand Rally, had previously been won by Starry but she was too tired after the Dirt Race. Cosmo was selected as he had been training with Starry for the last year and he managed to earn Team Galactic another silver medal, Cosmo's first individual medal, leading to the team ending the League in 8th.
ML20 Host Reveal-0

The Marble League 2020 host announcment

Black Hole, unbeknown to the rest of the team, submitted a bid to host Marble League 2020 shortly after the end of Marble League 2019 and Team Galactic were announced as hosts at the end of Marble League Showdown 2019. The team initially thought it was a joke but were ecstatic when Black Hole confirmed their selection as hosts. Astron had missed the initial teaser image as he had been on a special mission for the Galactic National Space Center visiting the International Space Marble orbiting around Earth, his second space adventure. He is the only marble athlete to have ever been to space.[2]

Marble League 2016 Edit

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Original logo for Team Galactic

Team Galactic had a mediocre performance at the first Marble League, with only one bronze medal to show for their efforts, courtesy of Starry.

Event Participant Final Result Place Points Overall Standing
Balancing All 233 cm 10th 0 10th
Relay Race All 24.34 sec. 8th 2 11th
Collision All Quarterfinal Loss 7th 1 11th
Sand Rally Starry 0:57.86 3rd 5 7th
Long Jump Astron 92.0 cm 6th 2 8th
Water Race Pulsar DNF 6th 2 9th
High Jump Starry 51 cm 4th 4 8th
10 Meter Sprint Astron 5.298 sec. 12th 0 9th
Team Pursuit All 26.89 sec. 7th 1 10th
Precision Slalom All 10 pts 9th 0 11th
Quartet Diving All 34.64 pts 7th 1 11th
Hurdles Cosmo 5.83 sec. 14th 0 11th

Marble League 2017 Edit

QualifiersEdit

Event Participant Final Result Placing Points Overall Standing
Relay Race All 10.51 sec. 6th 7 6th
Sand Race Astron 27.47 sec. 13th 0 10th
Block Pushing All 61.3 cm 7th 6 8th
Funnel Spin Pulsar 0:57.96 3rd 10 5th

Main Tournament Edit

In Team Galactic's best Marble League to date, the team placed 5th. Once again, the team was supported mainly by two stellar performances from Starry, who won two gold medals.

Event Participant Final Result Place Points Overall Standing
Funnel Race Pulsar 0.56.39 16th 0 16th
Long Jump Cosmo 67.1 cm 15th 1 16th
Fidget Spinner Collision All Quaterfinal Loss 8th 8 14th
5-meter Sprint Astron 6.71 sec. 10th 6 14th
Hurdles Starry 8.92 sec. 1st 25 11th
Relay Run All 12.78 sec. 15th 1 12th
Block Pushing All 65.6 cm 4th 12 11th
High Jump Cosmo 37 cm 7th 9 11th
Steeplechase All 42.45 sec. 5th 11 11th
Archery All 33.5 pts 9th 7 8th
Underwater Race Pulsar 13.88 sec. 7th 9 11th
Sand Rally Starry 1.25.58 1st 25 5th

Marble League 2018 Edit

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Team Galactic's 2018 logo

QualifiersEdit

Team Galactic competed in Group A.

Event Participant Final Result Placing Points Overall Standing
Curling All Runners Up 2nd 7 2nd
Snow Race Astron 19.06 sec. 1st 8 1st
5 Meter Ice Dash Pulsar 4.91 sec. 2nd 7 4th
Halfpipe All 36.90 sec. 8th 1 2nd

Main Tournament Edit

After performing superbly at the qualifiers, expectations were high for Team Galactic. However, the team only mustered one medal - silver in the Bobsled.

Event Participant Final Result Place Points Overall Standing
5 Meter Ice Dash Pulsar 5.13 sec. 12th 4 12th
Ski Jump Astron 113.6 cm 11th 5 12th
Halfpipe All 27.26 sec. 11th 5 14th
Bobsled All 13.29 sec. 2nd 20 8th
Speed Skating Cosmo 31.42 sec. 9th 7 10th
Team Pursuit All 30.60 sec. 10th 6 10th
Snow Rally Starry 50.44 sec. 6th 10 10th
Snowboard Cross Pulsar 58.80 sec. 8th 8 10th
Curling All Quarterfinal Loss 8th 8 11th
Biathlon All 24.20 sec. 10th 6 12th
Ice Hockey All 3rd Place Loss 4th 12 11th
Sand Mogul Race Cosmo 6.50 sec. 12th 4 11th

Marble League 2019 Edit

Team Galactic Logo

Team Galactic's original logo for the 2019 season, designed by Hersh.

Galactic Pim Logo

Team Galactic logo, designed by Pim Leurs.

QualifiersEdit

The team qualified in second for the 2019 Marble League.

Event Participant Final Result Placing Points Overall Standing
Funnel Race Astron 1:14.59 7th 12 7th
Block Pushing All 105.6 cm 6th 13 6th
Relay Race All 10.64 sec. 13th 6 10th
Underwater Race Pulsar 28.16 sec. 1st 25 2nd

Main TournamentEdit

They got off to a strong start, finishing consistently high in the first eight events and reaching third place overall at the halfway point of the season. However, the team performed poorly in the second half (with rafting and Cosmo's silver in the sand rally as the only two exceptions) and ended up finishing in 8th.

Event Participant Final Result Placing Points Overall Standing
Underwater Race Starry 16.07 sec. 7th 9 7th
Funnel Race Cosmo (C) 1:44.90 6th 10 6th
Balancing All 300 cm 5th 11 6th
Gravitrax Slalom All 9.07 sec. 10th 6 7th
5 Meter Sprint Astron 6.287 sec. 7th 9 8th
Relay Run All 9.279 sec. 5th 11 8th
Block Pushing All 67.1 cm 2nd 20 7th
Summer Biathlon Pulsar 32.452 sec. 4th 12 3rd
Hurdles Race Quasar 9.438 sec. 14th 2 6th
Hubelino Maze All 26 15th 1 7th
Dirt Race Starry DNF 13th 3 7th
Rafting All 37.24 sec. 4th 12 8th
Elimination Race Astron 23.91 sec. 10th 6 8th
Surfing Pulsar 38.70 15th 1 9th
Collision All Group Loss 15th 1 11th
Sand Rally Cosmo (C) 2:00.57 2nd 20 8th

Marble League 2020 Edit

The team automatically qualified for the event as they became the hosts for that year.

Marble League ResultsEdit

Year Events Medals Result Points
G S B Tot.
2016 12 0 0 1 1 11th 18
2017 12 2 0 0 2 5th 115
2018 12 0 1 0 1 11th 95
2019 16 0 2 0 2 8th 134
2020 16

Team Members' Individual ScoresEdit

Starry performed very strongly in the 2016 and 2017 Marble League, earning a medal in 3 of the 4 individual events she competed in the first 2 Marble League.

Marble Competed in Individual events
participated in
Medals Won Total Individual Points
Astron Marble League 2016
Marble League 2017
Marble League 2018
Marble League 2019
Long Jump (2016)
10 Meter Sprint (2016)
5-Meter Sprint (2017)
Ski Jump (2018)
5 Meter Sprint (2019)
Elimination Race (2019)
0 gold medals
0 silver medals
0 bronze medals
28 pts
Cosmo Marble League 2016
Marble League 2017
Marble League 2018
Marble League 2019
Hurdles (2016)
Long Jump (2017)
High Jump (2017)
Speed Skating (2018)
Sand Mogul Race (2018)
Funnel Race (2019)
Sand Rally (2019)
0 gold medals
1 silver medal
0 bronze medals
51 pts
Pulsar Marble League 2016
Marble League 2017
Marble League 2018
Marble League 2019
Water Race (2016)
Funnel Race (2017)
Underwater Race (2017)
5 Meter Ice Dash (2018)
Snowboard Cross (2018)
Summer Biathlon (2019)
Surfing (2019)
0 gold medals
0 silver medals
0 bronze medals
36 pts
Quasar Marble League 2018
Marble League 2019
Hurdles Race (2019) 0 gold medals
0 silver medals
0 bronze medals
2 pts
Starry Marble League 2016
Marble League 2017
Marble League 2018
Marble League 2019
Sand Rally (2016)
High Jump (2016)
Hurdles (2017)
Sand Rally (2017)
Snow Rally (2018)
Underwater Race (2019)
Dirt Race (2019)
2 gold medals
0 silver medals
1 bronze medal
81 pts

Italics - As reserve member

Team Name History Edit

Before the first official Marble League in year 2016 the team competed under the name "Team Galaxy". But after gaining popularity it got almost sued by the brand "Galaxy™". After intense negotiations the team ultimately changed its name to "Team Galactic", as still known today. It was however allowed to show its former name during the opening ceremony, which left many fans in confusion.

A fair amount of followers assumed, wrongly, that the team is being sponsored by the brand and has accepted a partnership. Because of that many supporters bought all kinds of products of the Galaxy brand but most of all the "Galaxy Toothpaste".[3]
Toothpaste

The very popular "Galaxy Toothpaste (tm)"

This led to increased sales numbers for the product and strengthened the already good relationship between the brand and the team. In fact, the rumors about a sponsorship deal never stopped and still can be seen in different newspapers and magazines on a regular basis. 

Trivia Edit

  • Team Galactic coincidentally shares its name with the villainous team from Pokémon Diamond Pearl and Platinum.
    • Team Galactic is together with Team Plasma the only Marble League teams who share their names with a Pokémon villain team.
  • Team Galactic are one of only seven teams to qualify for every Marble League so far. Alongside the Pinkies, they are one of only two teams to qualify for every Marble League without ever placing in the top three.
  • Team Galactic are the only team to win three medals in the same event, the Sand Rally. Starry won bronze in 2016 and gold in 2017, while Cosmo won silver in 2019.
  • Before 2019, Starry had a plethora of individual marble records including: most successful individual marble (69 pts), best medal count by individual marble (2 gold and 1 bronze), most points earned in one year (50 pts, 2017), most medals earned in one year (2 gold, 2017). Amazingly, all of these records were broken in 2019 by a variety of marbles from other teams.

References Edit

  1. Skystrykr (15th March 2019). 2019 MarbleLympics - Team Members. Reddit.
  2. Stynth (17th September 2019). RetRollSpective – Team Galactic (Updated). Marble Sports.
  3. GrandAdmiralMellacus (27th December 2017). Approved answers from the last community Q&A!. Reddit.
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