Elizabeth Swaney: the Olympic halfpipe athlete who doesn’t really do tricks

  • US-born athlete finished dead last after most basic of runs
  • Dubious methods for getting to Pyeongchang raise questions

Elizabeth Swaney, born and raised in the United States but representing Hungary, finished last in qualification for the women’s ski halfpipe final on Monday after laying down two of the most basic runs imaginable that left her more than 40 points behind the 12th-placed qualifier for the Winter Olympics final.

Although the 33-year-old completed both runs without falling, Swaney did not attempt a trick any more advanced than an alley-oop – when a skier rotates 180 degrees or more in the uphill direction – on her way to scores of 30.00 and 31.40. Swaney’s best score still left her 13.60 points behind 23rd-placed Dane Laila Friis-Salling, who slipped on both runs.

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