In the land-locked South American country of Paraguay, the temperature averages 75 degrees, and snow — even a flurry — is rare.
But in February, in Sochi — a Russian resort city along the Black Sea — Julia Marino of Winchester will be the sole representative of the first Olympic team from Paraguay to tackle the Winter Games.
A native of Paraguay who was adopted and brought to the United States as an infant, Marino, 21, will compete in slopestyle skiing, which also will be making its Olympic debut.
“The Olympics [is] about representing where you’re from,” said Marino, a graduate of The Holderness School in Plymouth, N.H., and now a junior at the University of Colorado. “It’s making history for Paraguay.”
Slopestyle skiing consists of a downhill course with obstacles including jumps and rails (akin to skateboarding) that skiers use to perform tricks. The average run is a minute to just under a minute and a half, Marino said, and skiers are judged on their overall impression, such as air amplitude and creativity.
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