Westport is justly proud of Julia Marino. Now — thanks to NBC Sports — the rest of the country knows why.
The network has given a shout-out to the Olympic snowboarder — and her family — in a widely viewed video.
She was interviewed, along with her parents John and Elaine, and sister Cece. Though her hometown was never mentioned, NBC showed clips of her riding her bike, trampolining, and at the beach.
The theme of the video was that Julia’s parents gave her a chance to take risks, dare and dream — in a “relatively safe environment.” For example, she was allowed to ride her scooter in the house (though other parents could not believe that was okay).
“She’s always done it her way,” Elaine says.
This weekend, Julia fell on her first slopestyle run. She was not alone: 41 of 50 athletes did the same. A controversy ensued over the wisdom of allowing the event to be held in high winds.
She finished 6th overall.
Next up: the big air event, next Sunday.
(Click here to see the full NBC Sports video. Hat tip: Kathie Bennewitz)