In those contests, she has finished last or within a couple spots of last place.
Eddie The Eagle she is not. Even without a trick to throw in the pipe.
She is competing for Hungary because of her maternal grandparents, and previously competed for Venezuela in other winter sports.
In Pyeongchang, she delivered her usual performance, and produced none of the flips, spins and grabs the other skiers executed.
Qualification for the Olympics requires achieving a certain number of top-30 World Cup finishes, and Swaney achieved 13 of them just by turning up and competing at events where there were less than 30 athletes competing.
"I look up to them", she said, naming Sharpe, the eventual gold medal victor in the event, and the United States competitors Brita Sigourney and Annalisa Drew.
"The field is not that deep in the women's pipe ... she went to every World Cup", experienced halfpipe judge Steele Spence told The Denver Post. This allowed her to qualify through the Olympic quota system, despite being unable to do any tricks. "Those things are in the works so technically you need to qualify up through the system".
Swaney has not missed a World Cup event in recent years, travelling to destinations like Italy, New Zealand and China as she made the most of a legislation loophole that dictates you can qualify for the Games with a series of top-30 finishes. But Swaney consistent and rarely tumbles.
Belanger said the FIS may make it more hard to qualify for future Olympics by decreasing the number of competitors.
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She said there was some attention she was grateful for: the supportive texts she received from her parents after the event.
Swaney, a Harvard graduate who ran against Arnold Schwarzenegger for governor of California, according to Tarrant, did not come close to winning in Pyeongchang. Now she recruits software engineers in the Bay Area. For six years, training in Utah, she would often wake up at 6:30 a.m.to go the gym, then ski for hours.
I'm serious about her LinkedIn profile.
And of course, her latest goal, to compete at an Olympics.
It seems, however, that Swaney herself is proud of her achievement. Either way, it's a magical moment that we only see when the Olympics roll around.
And that's how we got that mockery of a run.
Swaney's run was admirable in its own freaky way - she didn't fall and was clearly trying to get some height up the pipe, even if she made no attempt at flair at all. So how on earth did this mediocre skier make it all the way to the Winter Olympics in Pyeong-Chang?
Swaney's run wasn't met with much applause, or any reaction, really.
The newly-minted Olympic athlete's ingenuity received mixed responses, but mostly people have taken to social media to condemn her as an unfair contestant, saying that Swaney's case discredits the International Olympic Committee and the Olympic movement in general. Some said an amateur in the mix might provide perspective.
But rest assured: Puerto Ricans will never have any interest in Alpine skiing; Mexico is not about to become a cross-country skiing hotbed. However, Elizabeth reportedly only started skiing since she was 25 years old. She did this so she could flaunt the title of Olympian.
Granted she is a decent enough skier, but in comparison to some of her competitors, she was pretty poor.