The 2018 Winter Olympics are over.
Julia Marino — Westport’s favorite
snowboarder Olympic competitor of all time – – is headed home. She did not win a medal.
There’s no shame in that. Most Olympic athletes don’t.
But she had quite an experience. And if she had won a medal, Hannah Keyser would have had quite a story.
Hannah is a writer/producer for Deadspin. Deadspin is a sports website with a decidedly un-Sports Illustrated/ESPN take on athletics. It’s a site that has taken off rose-colored glasses, then ingested a ton of edibles.
Hannah met Julia’s parents — John and Elaine — early in PyeongChang. She decided to stick with them. If Julia did well, Hannah would have a fantastic, first-person, up-close-and-personal story to write.
Instead, she wrote about what’s it like to be an “ordinary” Olympian — if there is any such thing.
Hannah writes with grace and honesty about Julia’s life and career. She notes:
Julia is a pretty white girl from Connecticut with likable and supportive parents who work white-collar jobs and just wanted to see their daughter do what she loves. At 20 years old, she’s generous and well-spoken, an advocate for the sport more than for herself. She is, in other words, your average winter Olympian—a group of nearly 3,000 people who are only average when they’re all together.
It’s an intriguing piece, remarkable in its unremarkableness. Click here for the full story.
Read it. Enjoy it. And then, welcome Julia Marino — Westport’s Olympic hero — home.