U.S.-born skier Elizabeth Swaney fulfilled her dream of making it to the Olympics for the Hungarian team, got to PyeongChang, and promptly did next-to-nothing on her halfpipe qualifying run on Monday. No, really. Swaney, a perfectly average skier and nothing more, just ... skied up and down the sides of the halfpipe, reports.
Swaney, 33, is a perfectly average skier, albeit one who hacked her way to the Games. She began skiing in 2013 in hopes of making it to the Olympics, though she knew the American team was stacked. She ultimately qualified for the Hungarian team (her grandparents are from Hungary) by competing in World Cup events for years where she needed to make the top 30 to qualify.
According to , she did that by performing the same routine you see above — back and forth and back and forth, no tricks, save for a half-spin — which sometimes earned her more points than those who did tricks and fell attempting them. She was also bumped up when people withdrew because of injuries. She finally officially qualified for the Games in December at an event in China, which she entered upon realizing her real competitors were at a qualifier in Colorado.
Unfortunately, at the Olympics, fewer than 30 people move on to the finals. Swaney's run scored her a 31.40, putting her solidly 40 points behind the last woman in the same competition to move on to the finals. She ranked 24th of 24 competitors.
Reactions to the run range from disgust to outrage to amused apathy.
"I'm really disappointed," Swaney told NBC after the results were in. But you're for real a winner in all of our hearts, Liz. I am so incredibly serious.
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