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The Turtle Sliders are a team that competed in the Marble League Showdown 2019 and Marble League Showdown 2020. The team came in second place in the Fan Team Contest during 2019. However, the team has yet to qualify for the Marble League qualifiers, due to their poor performances in the Showdown phase.

Team Members

Crush, Squirt, Shelly, Dash, and Frank are the original and current members of the team. Crush became team captain upon the team's formation.

2019-present
Crush Captain.png
Squirt
Shelly
Dash
Frank
Color Meaning
Team Member
Reserve Member
Injured

Members Timeline

Coaches

Coach From To Events G S B Tot. Honours
Splint 4 March 2019[1] present 12 0 0 0 0

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

History

Pre-Marble League

The Turtle Sliders' original logo, designed by FamousOlSpiced (the team's creator).

The Turtle Sliders started their marble racing career in the Seven Seas Circuit, racing against other teams from Oceania such as the Oceanics. Shelly, the only original member of the team remaining, was key in helping the team outsmart their opponents and keep up with the Oceanics. Their skills in endurance, longevity and drive to compete kept them going in marble sports even as their old teammates retired. Unfortunately the Sliders never managed to beat the Oceanics, but came close in 2015 when they came third overall.

Once the Oceanics left to join the Marble League, many of the original members of the team lost interest and left the team. In mid-2018 Shelly traveled across the region to cities such as Aslipi, Jamarbla and Mellacai to recruit new members. In the end Shelly recruited Crush, Squirt, Dash, and Frank (the reserve member). Splint, the team's original coach, stayed on the team.

Crush was from Aslipi and used to compete in the Turtle Slider's minor league team, the Hatchling Skidders. After they retired from sports, they went into acting and appeared in a crime documentary produced by the Non-Descript Entertainment Company about colorful fish being kidnapped. They were convinced to join the Sliders by their younger sibling, Squirt, who had always looked up to Crush's leadership while they were in the Skidders. Frank followed them and became the reserve member.

Dash was recruited from Jamarbla. They were a rising star athlete in the city, known for their "extreme speed trials" that they would post on MarBook. They already had a huge fanbase and when they joined the Turtle Sliders, the fans followed. This large number of fans started to petition for the team to be allowed to compete in the Marble League 2019 Qualifiers. Splint, the original team's coach, was living in Mellacai when they were contacted about reforming the Turtle Sliders.[2]

2019

The Turtle Sliders tie with the Limers in Collison

The Turtle Sliders began training in Aslipi for the 2019 Seven Seas Circuit when they received news of the Marble League Showdown which featured a fan vote competition to determine two of the places. Their fans voted for the team in overwhelming numbers, using their previous previous rivalry with Oceanics to attract attention. This was their message to the team posted online:

"But we are coming for you, we will not stand in your shadow, we are here to take it all. Our goal is to make it to the Marble League and win it all, we made it this far, we aren't gonna stop now. We WILL make it to the starting line next to you, and when we do, you better be prepared. Your past is catching up to you."

Along with their past rivalry, their logo and reunion story were also praised. In the end they finished second in the vote behind the Hornets, and were entered into the Marble League Showdown 2019.

The Turtle Sliders fail to qualify with an 11th place finish in Balancing

As the team trained, they focused on honing their synergy as a team. This paid off when they came 5th in Event 2, Collison. Unfortunately the other three events did not go as well. Squirt came 9th in Event 1, the Sand Rally, after struggling to reach the top 4 after getting caught behind a gaggle of competitors. Dash led for a lot of the Funnel Race but ended up consecutively falling through the final two funnels finishing in 10th and dropping them to 10th overall. The team had trained for the final event, Balancing, but their nerves got the better of them and they could only manage an 11th place finish, finishing in 11th overall, failing to qualify for the Marble League 2020 Qualifiers.[2]

2020

The Turtle Sliders face the Jawbreakers in the Halfpipe

The Sliders started to train at their training facility, Slider Academy. The academy was certified by the JMRC but was severely underequipped. Shelly started an athletic training program, although not all of the rest of the team had the time to take part.[3]

The Sliders started off Marble League Showdown 2020 by finishing just outside the top half in 7th in the Relay Run. This was followed by a less good 9th place finish in the Halfpipe. Dash and Shelly got the Sliders' only top half finish by coming sixth in the Black Hole Funnel. Despite this they dropped to 9th overall. Unfortunately Squirt could only manage an eighth place finish in the final event, the Sand Mogul Race, making the Sliders finish in 9th overall. Once again the Turtle Sliders failed to qualify for the Marble League 2021 Qualifiers. However, they would later be invited to participate in the qualifiers, following the retirements of the Hornets and the Jawbreakers.

2021

Crush lining up for the Marble League 2021 Practice Race.

During the offseason the Sliders were invited to take part in the Marble League 2021 Practice Race, where Crush participated in a sand race, finishing 13th out of 28 racers from all current Marble League teams. Crush finished ahead of Rapidly from the Savage Speeders, and so at the time the Sliders were the only team with a 100% win rate against the Speeders, as it was the first time they had ever competed together.

In the Marble League 2021 Qualifiers, the Turtle Sliders had a poor start in the Wave when one of the team got zero points and the other three placed behind every member of the Green Ducks. On their second run, they did even worse, with two of the team getting zero points and the other two placing behind all members of the Green Ducks. This left them in 11th place in Group B. In Event 2, Funnel Endurance, Dash was selected to compete. They fell down the funnels very quickly and were the fifth marble to enter the blue funnels. Dash recovered slightly and was in the middle of the pack going into the green funnels. Unfortunately, they could not hold on and finished in ninth, keeping the team in 11th overall. In the third event, the 5 Meter Relay, they competed in the first heat. They had a poor start but in the last handoff they edged into the lead for a split second but the Shining Swarm overtook them and won by 0.016 seconds. The Turtle Sliders ending up placing in fourth and this moved them to eighth in the overall standings. In the fourth and final event, the Sand Rally, Crush got into an early lead before hitting an obstacle on the track and falling to 11th. They sat in 11th for a while but slowly made their way up to eighth before making a charge up to fourth. They then got into second, behind the Pinkies. Near the end, the Pinkies hit the wall and slowed down, giving Crush an opening. Unfortunately they failed to take it and they finished in fourth. The Sliders finished in 10th overall, failing to qualify for Marble League 2021. They were only two points away from qualifying.

Marble League Showdown 2019

The Turtle Sliders failed to qualify for the Marble League 2020 Qualifiers.

Event Participant Final Result Placing Points Overall Standing
Sand Rally Squirt 2:16.26 9th 3 9th
Collision All Quarterfinal Loss 5th 7 8th
Funnel Race Dash 1:21.25 10th 2 10th
Balancing All 207 cm 11th 1 11th

Marble League Showdown 2020

The Turtle Sliders failed to qualify for the Marble League 2021 Qualifiers.

Event Participant Final Result Placing Points Overall Standing
Relay Run All 9.001 sec. 7th 5 7th
Halfpipe All 54.69 sec. 9th 3 8th
Black Hole Funnel Dash & Shelly 81.59 sec. 6th 6 9th
Sand Mogul Race Squirt 9.496 sec. 8th 4 9th

2020/21 Offseason

Event Participant Final Result Place
Marble League 2021 Practice Race Crush 3:02.73 13th

Marble League 2021

Main article: Marble League 2021

Qualifiers

The Turtle Sliders competed in Group B. They failed to qualify for Marble League 2021.

Event Participant Final Result Placing Points Overall Standing
Wave All 23 pts 11th 1 11th
Funnel Endurance Dash 1:50.38 9th 3 11th
Relay Race All 8.697 sec. 4th 8 8th
Sand Rally Crush 1:45.03 4th 8 10th

Marble League Showdown 2021

Main article: Marble League Showdown 2021
Event Participant Final Result Placing Points Overall Standing
5 Meter Sprint Frank 5.874 sec. 10th 2 10th
Funnel Endurance Shelly 1:55.23 8th 4 9th
5 Meter Relay All 8.667 sec. 6th 6 10th
Block Pushing All 167.15 cm 3rd 10 8th
Triathlon Dash 24.08 sec. 2nd 12 3rd
Diving All 7.84 pts 6th 6 4th
Sand Mogul Race Squirt 56.10 sec. 12th 0 6th
Marblocross Crush 4:22.10 5th 7 7th

Results

Marble League

Year Events Medals Result Points
G S B Tot.
2019 Did not participate
2020 Did not qualify
2021 Did not qualify

Marble League Showdown

Year Events Medals Result Points
G S B Tot.
2019 4 0 0 0 0 11th 13
2020 0 0 0 0 9th 18
2021 8 0 1 1 2 7th 47

Team Members' Individual Scores

Marble League Showdown

Marble Competed in Individual events
participated in
Medals Won Total Individual Points
Crush Marble League Showdown 2019
Marble League Showdown 2020
0 gold medals
0 silver medals
0 bronze medals
0 pts
Dash Marble League Showdown 2019
Marble League Showdown 2020
Funnel Race (2019)
Black Hole Funnel (2020)
0 gold medals
0 silver medals
0 bronze medals
8 pts
Frank Marble League Showdown 2019
Marble League Showdown 2020
0 gold medals
0 silver medals
0 bronze medals
0 pts
Shelly Marble League Showdown 2019
Marble League Showdown 2020
Black Hole Funnel (2020) 0 gold medals
0 silver medals
0 bronze medals
6 pts
Squirt Marble League Showdown 2019
Marble League Showdown 2020
Sand Rally (2019)
Sand Mogul Race (2020)
0 gold medals
0 silver medals
0 bronze medals
7 pts

Trivia

  • The Turtle Sliders have a rivalry with the Oceanics.
  • Crush and Squirt are presumably named after the sea turtles from Disney-Pixar's Finding Nemo.
  • The Turtle Sliders are one of two currently active JMR teams that have yet to compete in a Marble League. The other is the Solar Flares.
    • They are also one of four active teams to never qualify for a Marble League through a qualifier. The other three teams are the Snowballs, the Kobalts, and the Solar Flares.
  • Turtle Sliders hold the record of participating in most events without a top 3 finish since debut with 16 events.

Gallery

References

  1. FamousOlSpiced (4th March 2019). Meet the Turtle Sliders - prepare to be #shellshocked. Reddit.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Stynth (11th June 2020). RetRollSpective – Turtle Sliders. Marble Sports.
  3. Stynth (8th August 2020). Offseason Moments – ML2020 Showdown. Jelle's Marble Runs.
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