Here's How An Amateur Skier Ended Up In A Winter Olympics Final

Freestyle Skiing- Winter Olympics Day 10

Freestyle Skiing- Winter Olympics Day 10

Indeed, the 33-year-old skier, who's an American but competes for Hungary, divided opinion with a pretty shocking performance.

"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", FIS halfpipe and slopestyle judge Steele Spence said, per the Denver Post.

Even though Swaney finished in about the same position in each of the dozen events she competed across the globe over the last four years in the run-up to the Pyeongchang Games.

Getty Images | David Ramos
Getty Images | David Ramos

"I want to inspire others in Hungary and the world to become involved in freestyle skiing", Swaney said according to The Post.

That score put her 13.60 points behind 23rd-place Danish competitor Dane Laila Friis-Salling, who fell during both of her runs, and more than 40 points away from the qualification cut-off point reached by the 12th-place competitor.

You can find some more photos of Swaney on her Instagram page here. So, if she's such a bad skier, how the heck did she qualify for the Olympics? "Those things are in the works so technically you need to qualify up through the system".

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While the rest of the skiers were tossing out complex tricks and grabbing huge air, Swaney was content to make it to the lip with each pass and slowly ski down the wall, making sure she didn't fall. By ensuring that she did not crash, Swaney achieved enough finishes to qualify for the Olympics and have her moment in the limelight.

But despite her poor showing in South Korea, Swaney is hoping that she has inspired others.

Swaney's cunning plan may have seen its last Olympic games!

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With this foolproof strategy Elizabeth made her way to PyeongChang and people are in awe of how she managed to do it, despite not actually being that good at skiing. Kim came in dead last while going off the smallest of the five "kicker" ramps used at the Games, the back flip she completed in the second round akin to something a teenager might do off a diving board at the neighborhood pool. She won't be in the finals as her runs were what one would expect from someone trying out the bunny slope for the first time.

I'm serious about her LinkedIn profile.

Her fellow competitors have mixed feelings about Swaney's presence in the Olympics.

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Not all Olympic athletes are the greatest in their field. Swaney says she's not comparing herself to her high-flying comrades, but she's inspired by them. Devin Logan, a two-time Olympian who scored 71.60 in her first run to just miss the cutoff while dealing with a knee injury. "I want to show others that freestyle skiing is possible and it is never too late to get into this sport".

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