Born Skier Elizabeth Swaney Games System to Compete in 2018 Olympics

Born Skier Elizabeth Swaney Games System to Compete in 2018 Olympics

Born Skier Elizabeth Swaney Games System to Compete in 2018 Olympics

The commentators reluctance to do anything but call the action likely stems from either shock on their part (it's possible they were in no way prepared for this), or because they didn't want to touch the somewhat-shady background to Swaney's Olympic appearance. No matter how you try to frame the questions, the answers come back the same.

But if you tuned into the qualifying portion of women's halfpipe skiing in Pyeongchang this week, you got an odd and confusing surprise while watching free skier Elizabeth Swaney.

On Monday, Swaney competed in the ladies' ski halfpipe, coming in last place with a high score of 31.4 after two runs down the halfpipe.

Swaney did not qualify for the finals. "So I use this as motivation".

At 33, she qualified for the Olympic ski halfpipe competition for Hungary, the nation of her grandparents, despite scarcely having a trick in her armoury.

Korea entered 19-year-old Kyoungeun Kim in women's aerials earlier in the Games, the first skier from the host country to take on the event at the Olympics.

Elizabeth Swaney once ran for governor of California but lost to Arnold Schwarzenegger.

"(People doubting me) actually motivates me to improve more", she added. That's after she previously tried to compete as a Venezuelan.

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She was also disqualified from her second race for inexplicably moving too far infield at the finish and missing the line. She absolutely wants to and if medically we are happy, it's clear that the decision will be hers to skate.

Her spot in the Olympics is a result of the relative lack of depth in women's halfpipe and the fact that some countries that dominate in the sport, such as the United States, can only send four competitors.

Over on Twitter, users also debated the merit of Swaney's presence at the Olympics, with some praising her for going after her dreams - and others criticising her.

The International Olympic Committee requires that competitors finish in the top 30 at multiple World Cup ski events.

The result was Swaney, a thoroughly average skier by layman's standards and an very bad skier by professional standards, competing alongside the world's best in Pyeongchang - and becoming a polarizing figure in the process.

If Swaney had crashed at three or four of those world cups, she would have not accumulated enough points to qualify for the Olympics, according to Philippe Belanger, the head judge for freeskiing competitions at Pyeongchang. "She would compete in them consistently over the last couple years and sometimes girls would crash so she would not end up dead last". "Those things are in the works so technically you need to qualify up through the system".

If you're like me, at some point during every Winter Olympics you sit and think to yourself, "Wouldn't it be cool if I could compete in the games?" Swaney pretty much refused to attempt tricks and just banked on other people falling or getting hurt, and sliding into the top 30. Some see it as a joke, others as an inspiration.

His stunt, however, garnered him a legion of admirers at the time because of his goofy, amiable personality and because ski jumping appears to be a much more risky event. She may not have the jaw-dropping athletic talent, but she had the brains and the determination to find a way to make it all the way to the Olympics.

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