Podium Moments – ML2020 Event 13

Hello and welcome to “Podium Moments”, a series that discusses the performance of the three athletes or teams that place on the podium after a competition. Today’s article will cover the three teams that finished on the podium for Event 13 of the 2020 Marble League!

The official pictogram for ML2020 High Jump, designed by the JMRC.

Bronze: Mellow Fever

To say that Mellow Yellow has had a rough season would be an understatement. They have placed dead last in three events, nearly a quarter of the events released so far, and even with their bronze medal in the Long Jump, Mellow Yellow has remained at the bottom of the standings for most of the season.

Enter Yellah, the High Jump extraordinaire who set the 38,0 centimeter record in the 2017 Marble League. Their first miss this year occurred, ironically, at the fabled 38,0 centimeter mark, but Yellah, after shaking themselves off, rose over the bar in their second attempt. They continued swiftly, nailing their next two heights before falling short at the 39,5 centimeter mark. Still, with their highest pass at 39,0 centimeters, Yellah had done enough to earn their podium moment—even if their medal wasn’t enough for them to rise out of last overall in the standings.

Yellah almost had the high ground...

Silver: Sting Like a Bee

One of the 2020 Marble League’s most anticipated rivalries has been admittedly underwhelming so far, with both teams significantly underperforming in their Marble League debut. The Bumblebees and the Hornets both competed in the Bug Circuit prior to entering the Marble League Showdown last year, where the Hornets finished as runners-up overall. The Bumblebees advanced without any medals and qualified this year in a historic four-way tiebreaker.

Both the Hornets and Bumblebees have struggled to find their footing throughout the season, with the Hornets’ highest finish being fourth in the Triathlon. The Bumblebees’ highest finish prior to this event was Honey’s seventh place in Funnel Endurance, and here, Honey has scored big for their team in a tense showdown against teams at the bottom and top of the standings.

The Bumblebees may not be making waves as rookies, but they do seem to be staying ahead of the Hornets in the standings. May-bee that’s all that matters for them this season—even as their Hubelino rivals, the Minty Maniacs, continue to impress.

At least one team is making Buzznya proud.

Gold: This is the Way

Leave it to Mandarin, the head of the O’rangers’ family (albeit not its captain) to follow up the team’s silver medal against the Speeders to their third overall gold medal. This is the third gold medal that the team has earned in what’s shaping up to be their most successful season yet, as they now lead the standings by 35 points, a commanding lead this late in the season.

            “The key to High Jump is to just let yourself go, like you’re shooting for the stars,” Mandarin explained. “The sky isn’t the limit.”

            “It never was,” added Coach Rango. “This season has been our season, and we’ve redefined what it means to be an O’ranger. Have we done enough? No. We want to win it all, and with the next few events playing to our strengths underwater, in collision, and racing, I really think we’ll get there.”

The podium moment at the end of ML2020 Event 13: High Jump.

Conclusion: One Giant Leap

While Royal Stardust could not even reach the bar in the example run, they did reach the bar—and surpass it—in supervising an engaging event, creating tension and release with each leap towards the bar. In the end, only true masters in acrobatics made their way to the top, and with two of this year’s medalists having podiumed before, that point is only more apparent.

In conclusion, it is indeed a milestone to see three teams at the end of each Marble League event stand above the rest, because they—through months of training in the offseason, working to qualify, and dealing with the unquestionable presence of fortune that affects any sporting event—have preserved and put their best roll forward. They deserve their “podium moment”, but more than anything, they deserve their chance to shine.

Until next time, keep on rolling!

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