By Bob the Great and TJ Gi
Important announcement on the future of Team Momo after the latest injuries.
When Team Momo began this year’s MarbleLympics, hopes were high. Momomomo’s devastating injury last year had all but been forgotten, with Mimo and Momomomo both performing well in qualifications. Soon into the year, though, it became clear that Team Momo wasn’t performing well. They were in last place overall heading into Event 4, the Bobsled. Team Momo knew they needed as many points as possible to avoid falling further in the standings.
Soon into the run, though, disaster struck. Team Momo’s first attempt to complete the Bobsled was halted when Momomo called for team doctors. Momomo was diagnosed with altitude sickness and doctors advised him to sit out for the remainder of the Winter ML. Team Momo was granted a second attempt at Bobsledding, with their reserve Mimo replacing Momomo. About 3/4 of the way down the course, the sled hit a rough corner. Momomomo, who was the caboose, was reportedly knocked out on impact with the corner. He was diagnosed with a “severe head injury” as officials called it. Team Momo, just months after Momomomo’s gruesome injury, had been hit with two more stunning blows.
Team Momo was left with only 3 marbles, including their alternate, Mimo. It appeared that they would have to forfeit the remainder of the MarbleLympics, but Momo appealed to the IMC, saying that his team had trained hard for the MarbleLympics and shouldn’t have to pull out. The IMC agreed to let Team Momo try to find replacements.
This was a bit of a dilemma for Team Momo. They couldn’t just pick random fans from the stands, it had to be two marbles who trained for the events. The obvious move was to merge with a previously eliminated team. Momo considered all of the teams, and picked a the team who performed fairly well in qualifiers, and with whom Team Momo had personal friendships: Team Primary.
The IMC released a statement about the merger: “Team Momo and Team Primary are merging temporarily. In terms of points, they will start with the same number of points and medals as Team Momo gained before the injuries. Prim and Rima are the only marbles who will be joining Team Momo, and will compete in the team events. Mimo will remain an alternate for the time being.”
When asked about team names, an IMC spokesmarble said “Team Momo was given the option to keep their name and logo, but decided to create a new one for the temporary merged team. Therefore, the team with Mo, Momo, Prim, Rima, and Mimo will be known as Team Momary, and use a new logo. Prim and Rima will be eligible to compete in individual events for Team Momary if the team wishes.”
Despite repeated questions about the new logo, the IMC refused to show it. Speculation is wild that it will be revealed in Event 5, when Team Momary makes their combined debut. The IMC also announced that Team Momary merchandise would be available for a limited time. The logo is being designed now, according to Team Momary’s official spokesmarble, and the will be a combination of Team Momo’s and Team Primary’s logos.”
Team Primary put out a statement saying “We’re horrified about the injuries sustained to our good friends, and wish Momomo and Momomomo a speedy recovery. But we’re very happy to be asked to take their place. Prim and Rima have been training even after they were eliminated, and should be able to step into their roles on Team Momary easily. We thank Team Momo for this generous invitation, and we won’t the fans of Team Momo or Team Primary down!”