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The Thunderbolts are a blue and yellow team introduced in Marble League 2016. Thunderbolts pre-qualified for Marble League 2017 after ending in third in Marble League 2016. They qualified for Marble League 2018 by finishing in 3rd in their group.

Team MembersEdit

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Original Thunderbolts logo.

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Bolta, Bolto, Boltu and Bolty were the original members of the Thunderbolts. Boltew was introduced in 2018. In 2019, the entire Thunderbolts roster was replaced by five new members: Thunder, Lightning, Bolt, Shock and Zap. Thunder became team captain in 2019.

2016 Team 2017 Team 2018 Team 2019 Team 2020 Team
Bolta Bolta Bolta
Bolto Bolto Bolto
Bolty Bolty Bolty
Boltu Boltu Boltu
Boltew
Thunder Captain Thunder Captain
Lightning Lightning
Bolt Bolt
Shock Shock
Zap Zap
Color Meaning
Team Member
Reserve Member
Injured

CoachesEdit

Coach From To Events G S B Tot. Honors
Thunderstorm 15 March 2019[1] present 31 0 3 0 3

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

HistoryEdit

The Thunderbolts come from the city of Thorston, maybe in the north of Europe. Arguably the most mysterious of all Marble League teams, their striking name notwithstanding, the Thunderbolts aren't exactly the center of attention in the Marble League, nor do they ever wish to be. In fact, they have barely said anything, even during the offseason. This is especially true of the team's four original members, who are indeed all mute.

These four, Bolta, Bolto, Boltu, and Bolty, first met at a Greek mythology convention in 2012, all dressed up as Zeus. When they tried to communicate, they realized that none of them could speak at all. And so they started to speak to each other in roll language. During their discussion, the four found out that they had several things in common, including an affinity for racing. Once they left the convention, the four decided to form a marble sports team, and they already had a name for the team in their own minds: the Thunderbolts.

The Thunderbolts joined the Knikkegen Marble League later that year and rose through the ranks. The team became known as one of the fastest teams and, by 2016, had emerged as one of the top teams in the KML. This led to them being invited to take part in Marble League 2016. The team accepted the invitation, wishing to have the public know them not as the team that couldn't talk, but rather as the team that always shocked the competition.

The Thunderbolts started off unconvincingly in Marble League 2016, coming in 11th in the first event, Balancing. It was not before Event 2, Relay Race, where they finally won their first ever Marble League medal, a bronze. This was immediately followed by a gold in Event 3, Collision, putting the team into first place overall. Bolta earned the team a silver medal in Event 5, Long Jump, enough for the team to retake the lead in the standings.

The Thunderbolts proceeded to keep up with their brilliant performance, as proven with their bronze medal in Event 9, Team Pursuit, which made them take the lead once again. They remained there for the next two events until Bolto won the team another bronze medal in Event 12, Hurdles, narrowly missing out on a silver by 0.02 seconds. The team had been in the top two since Event 5, but their final bronze was not enough for them to keep their lead. They fell to third overall at the end of Marble League 2016, tied with Mellow Yellow on points, but behind them in medals. Such an achievement by the Thunderbolts showed that any marble can overcome adversity to shine on the podium.

The Thunderbolts remained silent during their training for Marble League 2017, for which they had already qualified thanks to their third place finish in the previous season. The team started off with an eighth place finish in the first event, Funnel Race, followed by a bronze medal for Bolty in the next event, Long Jump. The team rose to fifth overall as a result, and they had since become more motivated to do their best.

However, their surprisingly poor performance in Event 3, Fidget Spinner Collision, seemed to have foreshadowed the downfall of the Thunderbolts. Indeed, the team continued to struggle as they finished within the bottom half in the next six events, except Event 6, Relay Run, where they managed to finish in 7th after being eliminated in the semi-finals. By the end of Event 9, Steeplechase, they had dropped to 14th overall and were no longer eligible for the Marble League title.

The Thunderbolts decided to make amendments following their failing streak. It worked, and the team won a bronze medal in Event 10, Archery, and Bolta won another in Event 12, Sand Rally. Unfortunately, they couldn't jump up the standings any further, finishing in 12th overall. It was a far cry from their incredible top three finish last year, but the team were still grateful to have taken part.

After another silent offseason, the Thunderbolts returned for the Marble League 2018 Qualifiers, where they would compete in Group C. Following in the steps from the previous season, the team were eliminated in the first round of the first event, Curling. However, they managed to make up for it by finishing the next three events within the top half, including a third place finish for Bolta in the Snow Race event and a first place finish in the Halfpipe event, the latter of which put them into third place in the group, enough to qualify for Marble League 2018.

The Thunderbolts had a poor start to the competition, with Boltu coming in 15th in Event 1, 5 Meter Ice Dash. But a fifth place finish for Bolto in Ski Jump and a fourth place finish in Halfpipe reignited their hope. They won their first gold medal of the games in the next event, Bobsled, moving to second overall. The team went on to stay in the top half of the standings for most of the rest of the season, partly due to a bronze medal in Event 8, Snowboard Cross, and another in Event 10, Biathlon. However, they faltered in the final two events, and they fell to 9th at the end of Marble League 2018.

During the offseason, the Thunderbolts continued to falter in the events they took part in. Bolto failed to finish in the 100 Meter Water Race, and the team failed to get through the heats in the Amazing Maze Marble Race. It became clear that the original four members, as well as their reserve, Boltew, had had enough. Their hearts were not in the Marble League anymore, and they wanted to live life again, and so retired.

With these retirements, it looked like the Thunderbolts would retire from the Marble League as a result. The team's coach and manager, Thunderstorm, had another thought. He recruited five of his trainers from Thorston - Thunder, Lightning, Bolt, Shock, and Zap, to become the new members of the Thunderbolts. Bolt is Bolty's cousin, while Lightning had previously competed individually in the Knikkegen Marble League.

The new Thunderbolts competed in the Marble League 2019 Qualifiers. The new members stunned the competition by coming in 9th and qualifying for Marble League 2019. The new team had a good start to the competition with a 6th place finish for Lightning in Underwater Race, followed by a 5th place finish for Shock in Funnel Race. The team broke the Marble League Record in Event 3, Balancing, before being beaten by the Hazers, earning their first medal as a new team, a silver, moving to joint third overall.

Unfortunately, the Thunderbolts could not keep their momentum and failed to come higher than seventh place in the rest of the competition, apart for a 4th place finish in Event 6, Relay Run, and a 6th place finish for Thunder in Event 14, Surfing. This included two back-to-back last place finishes in Event 11, Dirt Race, and Event 12, Rafting. By the end of Event 13, Elimination Race, the team were no longer eligible for the Marble League title. They still could not turn things around and eventually finished in 13th place overall.

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A rejected Thunderbolts logo, designed by Tim Ritz

The Thunderbolts put in a bid to host Marble League 2020, but to add insult to injury, they lost to Team Galactic. The team were left dejected as they returned to Thorston. They had to forgo training for the Marble League 2020 Qualifiers for a few months, so as to recover mentally, after which they received an invitation to take part in Marbula One 2020. The team were so relieved upon hearing this that they happily accepted it, and they chose Shock and Bolt to represent them. The Thunderbolts started training again as they wished to put their disastrous 2019 season behind them and keep an eye on Marbula One and all other future events. They also got to host the sixth Grand Prix at their track, the Short Circuit.[2]

Bolt managed to come second at the Greenstone Grand Prix after a mixed start to the season. On his team's home circuit, Shock qualified in 8th, but managed to climb up to 2nd, taking the Thunderbolts to 6th in overall standings. Their poor performance at the last two races led them to finish the season in 8th.

In the Marble League 2020 Qualifiers, the Thunderbolts started off well in Balancing by getting a score of 351. This score gave them 1st place but it was soon topped by Mellow Yellow with 353. At the end of the event, the Thunderbolts got 5th place. In Event 2, Funnel Endurance, Shock started off in 2nd last with just the Minty Maniacs in front of them. By the time Shock reached the last funnel, he started to gain a little time. At the end of the race, Shock managed to get third in his race. This performance kept them at fifth place with 27 points. The next event was Block Pushing. They did not do so well in their heat, losing to the Snowballs but they still came high enough to take them to second place overall, with only the Savage Speeders in front of them. In the final event, the Thunderbolts won their heat, finishing in 7th in the 5 Meter Sprint. This win gave them 4th place at the end of the Qualifiers, enough for them to qualify for Marble League 2020.

Marble League 2016Edit

Main article: Marble League 2016
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Thunderbolts at the Marble League 2016 Opening Ceremony

Event Participant Final Result Place Points Overall Standing
Balancing All 226 cm 11th 0 11th
Relay Race All 23.79 sec. 3rd 5 7th
Collision All Winner 1st 10 1st
Sand Rally Bolto 0:59.02 6th 2 4th
Long Jump Bolta 97.6 cm 2nd 7 1st
Water Race Bolty 1:20.50 5th 3 1st
High Jump Bolta 50 cm 9th 1 2nd
10 Meter Sprint Bolta 5.138 sec. 6th 2 2nd
Team Pursuit All 25.56 sec. 3rd 5 1st
Precision Slalom All 15 pts 8th 1 1st
Quartet Diving All 26.64 pts 13th 0 1st
Hurdles Bolto 5.36 sec. 3rd 5 3rd

Marble League 2017Edit

Main article: Marble League 2017

Main TournamentEdit

The Thunderbolts automatically qualified for Marble League 2017.

Event Participant Final Result Place Points Overall Standing
Funnel Race Bolto 1:05.94 8th 8 8th
Long Jump Bolty 71.0 cm 3rd 15 5th
Fidget Spinner Collision All Heat Loss 11th 5 10th
5-meter Sprint Bolta 7.33 sec. 13th 3 11th
Hurdles Boltu 11.40 sec. 16th 0 12th
Relay Run All 12.30 sec. 7th 9 13th
Block Pushing All 126.1 cm 13th 3 13th
High Jump Bolto 35.5 cm 15th 1 14th
Steeplechase All 44.76 sec. 13th 3 14th
Archery All 36.5 cm 3rd 15 13th
Underwater Race Bolty 13.98 sec. 10th 6 13th
Sand Rally Bolta 1:26.36 3rd 15 12th

Marble League 2018Edit

Main article: Marble League 2018
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Thunderbolts logo in 2018

QualifiersEdit

The Thunderbolts competed in Group C.

Event Participant Final Result Placing Points Overall Standing
Curling All First Round Loss 7th 2 7th
Snow Race Bolta DNF 3rd 6 6th
5 Meter Ice Dash Boltu 4.94 sec. 4th 5 5th
Halfpipe All 39.49 sec. 1st 8 3rd

Main TournamentEdit

Event Participant Final Result Place Points Overall Standing
5 Meter Ice Dash Boltu 5.22 sec. 15th 1 15th
Ski Jump Bolto 116.3 cm 5th 11 10th
Halfpipe All 28.32 sec. 4th 12 8th
Bobsled All 13.09 sec. 1st 25 2nd
Speed Skating Bolta 31.51 sec. 11th 5 5th
Team Pursuit All 31.02 sec. 11th 5 7th
Snow Rally Bolty 51.90 sec. 7th 9 6th
Snowboard Cross Bolto 51.84 sec. 3rd 15 4th
Curling All Heat Loss 16th 0 8th
Biathlon All 23.13 sec. 3rd 15 5th
Ice Hockey All Heat Loss 12th 4 6th
Sand Mogul Race Bolty 6.33 sec. 9th 7 9th

Other 2018 Competitions Edit

The Thunderbolts 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 Bolto DNF 27th
Amazing Maze Marble Race All 27 pts 18th

Marble League 2019Edit

Main article: Marble League 2019
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Thunderbolts' original logo for the 2019 season, designed by Hersh.

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Thunderbolts' logo, designed by Pim Leurs.

QualifiersEdit

Event Participant Final Result Placing Points Overall Standing
Funnel Race Lightning 1:16.83 6th 13 6th
Block Pushing All 103.8 cm 7th 12 6th
Relay Race All 10.35 sec. 10th 9 8th
Underwater Race Shock 29.88 sec. 13th 6 9th

Main TournamentEdit

Event Participant Final Result Placing Points Overall Standing
Underwater Race Lightning 15.45 sec. 6th 10 6th
Funnel Race Shock 1:45.80 5th 11 5th
Balancing All 408 cm 2nd 20 4th
Gravitrax Slalom All 9.26 sec. 11th 5 6th
5 Meter Sprint Bolt 6.222 sec. 11th 5 7th
Relay Run All 10.826 sec. 4th 12 7th
Block Pushing All 57.8 cm 12th 4 8th
Summer Biathlon Shock 34.23 sec. 8th 8 8th
Hurdles Race Bolt 9.451 sec. 15th 1 10th
Hubelino Maze All 75 pts 9th 7 10th
Dirt Race Lightning DNF 16th 0 12th
Rafting All 42.53 sec. 16th 0 12th
Elimination Race Shock 16.57 sec. 8th 8 12th
Surfing Thunder (C) 48.84 6th 10 12th
Collision All Quarterfinal Loss 7th 9 12th
Sand Rally Bolt 2:02.29 7th 9 13th

Marbula One Season 1Edit

Main article: Marbula One Season 1
Season Entrant SAV ORA MOM HOR GDK TBO RSP MNW Points Total
S1 Shock 15th 13th 2nd 12th 20th (18) 8th (49)
Bolt 5th 12th 2nd 9th 11th (31)
Grand Prix Participant Qualifying
Position
Time Place Points Overall
Standing
Shock
Standing
Bolt
Standing
Savage Speedway Shock 13th 5:38.46 15th 0 15th 15th -
O'raceway Bolt 10th 5:24.44 5th 10 9th 29th 10th
Momotorway Shock 6th 5:49.96 13th 0 11th 31st 13th
Hivedrive Bolt 8th 5:43.33 12th 0 13th 31st 17th
Greenstone Bolt 3rd 6:02.11 2nd 19 8th 31st 7th
Short Circuit Shock 8th 5:29.53 2nd 18 6th 17th 10th
Razzway Shock 10th 5:37.98 12th 0 6th 18th 11th
Midnight Bay Bolt 13th 8:01.20 9th 2 8th 20th 11th

Marble League 2020 Edit

Main article: Marble League 2020

Qualifiers Edit

The Thunderbolts qualified for Marble League 2020.

Event Participant Final Result Place Points Overall Standing
Balancing All 351 cm 5th 15 5th
Funnel Endurance Shock 2:07.90 8th 12 5th
Block Pushing All 62.3 cm 6th 14 2nd
5 Meter Sprint Bolt 5.285 sec. 7th 13 4th

Main TournamentEdit

Event Participant Final Result Place Points Overall Standing
Balancing All 261 cm 13th 3 13th
Halfpipe All 53.15 sec. 14th 2 15th
Funnel Endurance Shock 1:57.27 8th 8 14th

ResultsEdit

Marble League ResultsEdit

Year Events Medals Result Points
G S B Tot.
2016 12 1 1 3 5 3rd 41
2017 12 0 0 3 3 12th 83
2018 12 1 0 2 3 9th 109
2019 16 0 1 0 1 13th 119
2020 16 0 0 0 0 N/A N/A

Marbula One ResultsEdit

Season Grands
Prix
Medals Result Points
G S B Tot.
S1 8 0 2 0 2 8th 49

Team Members' Individual Scores Edit

Marble Competed in Individual events
participated in
Medals Won Total Individual Points
Bolt Marble League 2019
Marble League 2020
5 Meter Sprint (2019)
Hurdles Race (2019)
Sand Rally (2019)
0 gold medals
0 silver medals
0 bronze medals
15 pts
Bolta Marble League 2016
Marble League 2017
Marble League 2018
Long Jump (2016)
High Jump (2016)
10 Meter Sprint (2016)
5-Meter Sprint (2017)
Sand Rally (2017)
Speed Skating (2018)
0 gold medals
1 silver medal
1 bronze medal
33 pts
Boltew Marble League 2018 0 gold medals
0 silver medals
0 bronze medals
0 pts
Bolto Marble League 2016
Marble League 2017
Marble League 2018
Sand Rally (2016)
Hurdles (2016)
Funnel Race (2017)
High Jump (2017)
Ski Jump (2018)
Snowboard Cross (2018)
0 gold medals
0 silver medals
2 bronze medals
42 pts
Boltu Marble League 2016
Marble League 2017
Marble League 2018
Hurdles (2017)
5 Meter Ice Dash (2018)
0 gold medals
0 silver medals
0 bronze medals
1 pts
Bolty Marble League 2016
Marble League 2017
Marble League 2018
Water Race (2016)
Long Jump (2017)
Underwater Race (2017)
Snow Rally (2018)
Sand Mogul Race (2018)
0 gold medals
0 silver medals
1 bronze medal
40 pts
Lightning Marble League 2019
Marble League 2020
Underwater Race (2019)
Dirt Race (2019)
0 gold medals
0 silver medals
0 bronze medals
10 pts
Shock Marble League 2019
Marble League 2020
Funnel Race (2019)
Summer Biathlon (2019)
Elimination Race (2019)
Funnel Endurance (2020)
0 gold medals
0 silver medals
0 bronze medals
35 pts
Thunder Marble League 2019
Marble League 2020
Surfing (2019) 0 gold medals
0 silver medals
0 bronze medals
10 pts
Zap Marble League 2019
Marble League 2020
0 gold medals
0 silver medals
0 bronze medals
0 pts

Italics - As reserve member

Marbula One Edit

Marble Competed in Races participated in Medals Won Total Individual Points
Bolt Marbula One S1 2020 O'raceway Grand Prix
2020 Hivedrive Grand Prix
2020 Greenstone Grand Prix
2020 Midnight Bay Grand Prix
0 gold medals
1 silver medal
0 bronze medals
31 pts
Shock Marbula One S1 2020 Savage Speedway Grand Prix
2020 Momotorway Grand Prix
2020 Short Circuit Grand Prix
2020 Razzway Grand Prix
0 gold medals
1 silver medal
0 bronze medals
18 pts

Gallery Edit

Trivia Edit

  • The Thunderbolts currently have the most bronze medals of all Marble League teams (8).
  • The Thunderbolts are the first team to have replaced all of their original members.
  • The Thunderbolts are one of six teams that have been able to qualify for every single Marble League so far.

ReferencesEdit

  1. Skystrykr (15th March 2019). 2019 MarbleLympics - Team Members. Reddit.
  2. Stynth (20th March 2020). RetRollSpective – Thunderbolts. Marble Sports.
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