The Winter Olympics just got a bit more interesting for Westport.
Westport resident Julia Marino will represent the US — and us — next month in PyeongChang. The 20-year-old nailed down one of 4 spots on the air and slopestyle snowboard team.
Julia has come on strong, medaling in 3 of the 5 Olympic qualifying meets. Her performance at the Toyota Grand Prix in California solidified her status — and confirmed her as a top contender in Korea.
Julia began snowboarding only 6 years ago. Her first national notice came in February 2016, at a World Cup stop at Fenway Park. Since then she’s won gold, silver and bronze at the X Games.
Julia’s parents — and a dozen other relatives and friends — will cheer her on in PyeongChang.
The rest of us will be watching very closely, half a world away.
(Hat tip: Carolyn Cohen)