In arguably one of the most disgraceful displays of integrity, Elizabeth Swaney qualified to compete in the women’s halfpipe competition at the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics.
Check out this sarcastically narrated breakdown of her run.
Swaney was born in Oakland, CA and her intention was never to win a medal at the Olympics, but just to compete.
Her first attempt to compete for Venezuela (her mother’s country of birth) failed, so she turned to Hungary (her grandparent’s native country).
In order to qualify for the Olympics, Swaney had to finish in the Top 30 at an FIS event, and score a minimum of 50 points. Swaney only attended FIS events that had less than 30 participants, making her task easier.
The Olympics select 24 women to compete in the half-pipe, and Swaney was (somehow) ranked 34th in the world leading up to the competition. So how did she qualify?
The Olympics set quotas for the numbers of skiers that can compete from each country. For example, the USA had 6 women that were ranked in the Top 20, but only 4 were able to compete. Swaney was able to qualify due to this quota on athletes from each country.
I can’t imagine how pissed those real Olympic athletes must have been. They had been working their whole lives to make the Olympics, and some random American-born girl, who can barely throw a 180, was able to declare herself from Hungary and qualify… That’s some BS if you ask me.