Born Skier Elizabeth Swaney Games System to Compete in 2018 Olympics

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At 33, she qualified for the Olympic ski halfpipe competition for Hungary, the nation of her grandparents, despite scarcely having a trick in her armoury.

"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 judge Steele Spence told the Denver Post.

Korea entered 19-year-old Kyoungeun Kim in women's aerials earlier in the Games, the first skier from the host country to take on the event at the Olympics. She paid to travel around the world and attend as many World Cup halfpipe events as she could, being careful not to fall down during her runs. She wouldn't necessarily attempt any tricks, but she wouldn't crash either.

The minimum requirements for making it to the Winter Games included consistently finishing in the top 30 in World Cup events and accumulating enough FIS points.

Despite not qualifying for the finals, it seems like she has enjoyed her time in Pyeongchang.

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Through a shuffling in country quotas - where some countries didn't use all their spots and other country's bowed out due to athlete injuries - Hungary and Swaney made the cut. Think Eddie "The Eagle" Edwards, the bespectacled British ski jumper; the Jamaican bobsled team or relentlessly shirtless Tongan Olympian Pita Taufatofua, who came in 114th out of 116 skiers in the 15-kilometer cross-country race last week.

"Her persistence is probably her biggest strength, so she's always there and she's gone to all the World Cups and she's put in the time and the miles". The maximum number of skiers that each nation can send to the Olympics for women's halfpipe is four, so a country like the USA - which had six skiers ranked inside the top 20 of the Olympic qualification standings - could only send their top four skiers, even though they had more than four athletes who earned quota spots. So how did she earn a spot in the freestyle halfpipe qualifying event?

The internet appeared split over whether Swaney's strategy was a good or bad thing.

Swaney knows she isn't on the same level as the top athletes in the competition, but hopes her Olympic campaign will inspire others to take up the sport. She's spent more than her fair share of money hopscotching continents chasing a dream she says was hatched watching the 1992 Games. Maybe you think it's an affront that Swaney is competing when better athletes are sitting at home.

Who knows, you could see playing for the New York Knicks within a year, ambling up and down the court in my jeans, throwing bounce passes to the hotdog man and just sitting down under the basket whenever I get exhausted. "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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