Holy hell– where did Elizabeth Swaney come from? You woulda thought Trump went streaking through the Rose Garden the way the internet blew up yesterday.
But no, it was just a extremely mediocre, 34 year-old skier hitting the half-pipe in Olympic competition that had everyone asking “why am I not competing in Pyeongchang?” Swaney, an American who was allowed to compete for Hungary via her heritage status, put down a run that was definitely not par for the course. Her score measured a pathetic 30.00 which ended up being dead last.
The internet’s response was both positive and extremely negative. Some praised Swaney for her ability to put herself on the main stage without being an elite athlete. Others have questioned her motives behind gaining olympic fame through such a performance.
Swaney gained Olympian status after competing in a variety of qualifying events around the world. The IOC requires a certain amount of top 30 finishes in qualifying events, even if those snowboarding halfpipe events can’t field 15 riders, let alone 30. It was this loophole that allowed her to go down in as one of the worst olympians in history reports Yahoo News.
Find the entire Yahoo News article here: Bad skier games system to reach PyeongChang