Olympic Half-Pipe Hero Doesn't Know How To Do Any Tricks

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She tried nothing more than a basic alley-oop and her scores of 30.00 and 31.40 left her 13.60 points behind the next competitor, despite them slipping over twice.

"It was a combination of determination and really gaming the system", Blackburn tells Here & Now's Jeremy Hobson.

Swaney, 33, who competed for her grandparents' native Hungary delivered one of the most mediocre performances in Winter Olympic history as commentators struggled to find words for what they witnessed. The Harvard graduate doesn't care what the critics think she completed a dream of hers, making it to the Olympics and competing.

There were times during Swaney's run where she didn't even clear the top of the halfpipe.

NBC explained that each country has a quota of athletes that they can send for each event. As a result, the list made it all the way down to Swaney.

According to reports, she initially attempted to represent her mother's native Venezuela, before switching to Hungary, where her grandparents hail from, due to their far more favourable qualification rules.

Becoming the first person to represent Hungary in skiing, Swaney hopes that her presence in Pyeongchang will help inspire a new generation.

"That's not totally unheard of", Blackburn says. "But those athletes are usually higher skilled and sort of world class athletes".

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

That wasn't because of Swaney's remarkable run or scary fall.

So, how did she get to the Olympics?

The internet was ablaze after Swaney's pedestrian effort as many saw her as more of a schemer than a dreamer. She may not have the jaw-dropping athletic talent, but she had the brains and the determination to find a way to make it all the way to the Olympics. "That would require Olympians to harvest more than the minimum points awarded just for showing up and not falling at World Cup contests".

The Hungarian Olympic Committee also told Reuters that the incident has prompted it to reevaluate the selection process. Either way, it's a magical moment that we only see when the Olympics roll around. There's so many wonderful athletes in this position; from other friends & fellow/former competitors in freestyle skiing and skeleton, to athletes in many other disciplines as well, I'm sure. Tonga's Pita Taufatofua - who notably marched through the frigid opening ceremony shirtless - finished 114 in in the 15km cross-country skiing event after skiing on snow for just three months. In a competition stocked to the brim with eye-popping athletic feats, Swaney's mild back-and-forth turns across the halfpipe stood out. (Well, she did prove her gumption when she launched a campaign to run for governor of California against Arnold Schwarzenegger while an undergrad at Berkeley).

Swaney is a U.S. citizen and wanted to compete at the Olympics.

"I really hope to inspire others in Hungary to take up freestyle skiing and I hope that contributes to a greater number of people out there freestyle skiing", she said before her final practice on Sunday.

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