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Elizabeth Swaney Makes Puzzling Half Pipe Run With No Tricks

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Elizabeth Swaney of Hungary competes during the Freestyle Skiing Ladies' Ski Halfpipe Qualification on day 10 of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Phoenix Snow Park on February 19, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

By    |   Monday, 19 February 2018 06:06 PM

Elizabeth Swaney, a skier representing Hungary in the Women’s Halfpipe event, made her puzzling Olympic debut Monday in competition.

Swaney, who managed to qualify for an Olympic spot without being able to do a single trick on the pipe, competed in the freeski halfpipe Monday and simply skied back and forth on the halfpipe — no flips or spins, no tail grabs, and no triple corks (or any other kind of corks for that matter).

Born in America, Swaney qualified to be on Hungary’s team because her grandparents are Hungarian.

According to Yahoo, by traveling to skiing competitions with fewer than 30 participants and managing not to finish last, Swaney qualified to be on the Olympic team in a way that some are saying isn’t honest and should be changed.

Her ingenuity may be praised by some, but the judges were not impressed with her laconic routine and only gave her a score of 30 out of a possible 100.

Head judge Philippe Belanger told the Denver Post the International Ski Federation may shrink the number of qualifying spots in future Olympics for the event.

Although some said they were inspired by Swaney, Twitter did not seem impressed with her mediocre performance. 

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Elizabeth Swaney, a skier representing Hungary in the Women's Halfpipe event, made her puzzling debut Monday in Olympic competition.
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