Julia Marino Closes Big Air Snowboarding Season With Win In Quebec City

By Karen Price | March 25, 2018, 2:34 a.m. (ET)
Julia Marino competes in women's big air snowboarding qualification at the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 on Feb. 19, 2018 in PyeongChang, South Korea.

 

Julia Marino missed out on a medal in women’s big air snowboarding’s Olympic debut last month, but rebounded with a first-place finish in the discipline to close out the season at the world cup event in Quebec City on Saturday.

Saturday was the final event of the season in big air and the 20-year-old Marino won comfortably with a two-run score of 168.50. Olympic slopestyle silver medalist and Quebec native Laurie Blouin was second with a score of 148.00, while Loranne Smans, of Belarus, was third with a 137.75.

Marino finished the season ranked third in the big air standings, which included a second-place finish at Copper Mountain, Colorado, in December.

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Marino is the 2017 X Games slopestyle gold medalist and is a two-time big air medalist (silver and bronze). She was named to the U.S. Olympic Team and made her Winter Games debut in PyeongChang, where she finished 10th in big air and 11th in slopestyle. She won her first major big air competition in February 2016 at a world cup at Fenway Park in Boston.

Karen Price is a reporter from Pittsburgh who has covered Olympic sports for various publications. She is a freelance contributor to TeamUSA.org on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc.