Have you ever witnessed a professional performance which left you saying “Well, I could do that too”? Rarely does the average person experience this moment while watching the Olympics, an athletic series of competitions filled to the brim with talent and fierce determination.
However, American “skier” Elizabeth Swaney, who represented Hungary in the Winter Olympics held in Pyeongchang, South Korea, showed us that we should all follow our dreams and live our lives to the fullest.
Swaney reached the 2018 Winter Olympics through exploitation of a sheer lack of female halfpipe skiers and a hilarious loophole. Qualification for the Olympics (as a halfpipe skier) involves achieving a certain number of top-30 World Cup finishes, and Swaney achieved 13 of them by simply turning up and competing at events where there were fewer than 30 athletes competing.
As a result, Swaney is seen rocking back on forth on the halfpipe — performing no tricks, SLOWING DOWN to catch her balance, and finally finishing unsteadily enough that she slid slowly backwards.
The 33- year-old quickly became an overnight sensation, and to make matters worse, she was the first person to ever represent Hungary in skiing.
However terrible she is in terms of skiing, Swaney believes she will inspire a new generation. “I want to inspire others in Hungary and the world to become involved in freestyle skiing,” she said. “Maybe perhaps I’m the bridge to those who want to get started in the life of freestyle skiing and I want to show people that, yeah, it’s possible to get involved in freestyle skiing through a variety of backgrounds.” Swaney said.
Hungarian officials have confirmed that their qualifications will be altered.
Watch the hilarious video here:
Jolie Suarez, Staff Writer
Junior Jolie Suarez is a staff writer for the 2017-2018 Colonel. While binge-watching The Vampire Diaries, she eats salt and vinegar chips, Twizzlers, Wendy’s, Sour Patch Kids, and drinks Olive Garden limontas. You may deliver these foods at any reasonable hour to the main office for her.