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This Olympic Skier Isn’t Very Good, But She’s Living Her Best Life. What Elizabeth Swaney is good at is gaming the system.

Depending on who you ask, Olympic skier Elizabeth Swaney is either an embarrassment to the Winter Games or the unsung hero of mediocre athletes everywhere.

Swaney, an American competing for Hungary in the women’s halfpipe event in Pyeongchang, South Korea, caught viewers’ attention on Monday not for her skills but for her, well, complete lack thereof.

To put it bluntly, the software engineer recruiter with big athletic dreams just isn’t up to Olympic standards, and she essentially gamed the system, taking advantage of rules at qualifying events. She often finished within the top 30 ? and thus met the qualifying cutoff ? because there weren’t that many competitors.

“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,” ski halfpipe and slopestyle judge Steele Spence told The Denver Post in a profile this week about Swaney, whose competitions are completely self-funded.


That's true of a lot of Olympic events. It's so expensive to compete in them (who's going to buy a bobsled?) that only a few rich people can compete in the event.

Here's a video of Swaney in action.

It would have been more exciting if she slid down the hill seated on a plastic cafeteria tray.

But more power to her for gaming the system -- the Olympics are completely corrupt anyway.

How can there be doping in mixed doubles curling?

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