Swaney’s Olympic run began and ended during Monday’s ladies’ halfpipe qualification when she skied a run that featured absolutely zero tricks. However, this amateur performance was apparently par for the course for the 33-year-old, who earned an Olympic berth simply by attending enough World Cup events.
“The field is not that deep in the women’s pipe and she went to every World Cup, where there were only 24, 25, or 28 women,” longtime halfpipe and slopestyle judge Steele Spence told The Denver Post, referencing the necessity for top-30 finishes. “She would compete in them consistently over the last couple years and sometimes girls would crash so she would not end up dead last.”
There were only 24 quota spots available in women’s ski halfpipe at this year’s Olympics, but injuries combined with countries not using all their spots made it so that the No. 34-ranked Swaney was able to compete in the Games. “I’m just trying to do the best for myself and represent Hungary as best as I can,” she said on Sunday.
Here’s what the Internet thought of her unique run.
“That’s right kids, you too can get into the Olympics just like Elizabeth Swaney.— #VoteThemOut 202-224-3121 ???????? (@KsKM3) February 19, 2018
1. Have enough money to travel the world competing in skiing events for 2 years.
2. Make sure the events have less than 30 competitors.
3. Place in the Top 30.”
@ElizabethSwaney your half pipe today was so sweet it made my day ??— rachel (@rachellauren66) February 19, 2018
Get Liz Swaney her own Lifetime movie. Better yet, get her a dedicated cable channel. pic.twitter.com/dyqQadh48G— Ryan Mac (@RMac18) February 19, 2018
I feel like people are about to seriously hate on #elizabethswaney for averagely crushing at the #olympics but what she’s done is actually pretty remarkable. Not to mention she didn’t break any rules, and she obviously isn’t doping.— Jonathan Huffman (@jonhuffman) February 19, 2018