You can listen to the story of Julia Marino (@julia_marino), a Colorado educated, New England bred Slope Skier, whose unique path to Olympic success took her from being an American at the X Games to becoming the first Winter Olympian for Paraguay, where she was born before her adopted family raised her in the United States.
Julia talked about the challenges of the X Games athlete, dealing with injury and the mental side of the game, and what it’s like to carry the torch as the first Winter Olympian from the country of Paraguay.
Some key points to listen for…
“Paraguay had never competed in the Winter Olympics, and that really stuck out to me. They don’t even have an ice rink.”
“Keeping my feet in a bunch of different pools has allowed me as an athlete to be marketable; I wasn’t the Lindsey Vonn of the scene but I used experiences and qualities of myself to relate to other people and was able to grow an organic following.”
“Being adopted myself, I connected with the Gift of Adoption organization, their focus is raising grants for families that want to adopt but can’t afford to. I also have the opportunity to teach English in Nepal, which is will be really rewarding for me”.
“The foundation of my career has been built on ambition and drive, when I have a goal in mind I will stop at nothing to reach it.”
“My lifestyle posts or pictures of me in the gym on social media really resonate with people in Paraguay and has helped me build my brand outside of Skiing.”
The full listen is here…