This may be the only 2018 Winter Olympics post I make, so savor it.
To witness this level of X-treme rad gnarliness you normally have to go to the local grade school skate parkhttps://t.co/cjrPkRz8Da
— David Burge (@iowahawkblog) February 20, 2018
Elizabeth Swaney wanted to be in the Olympics, but she doesn’t have the skill for it. At least, the skiing skill. What she does have is a remarkable ability to game the system: Swaney competed as a member of the Hungarian team and carefully spent the last few years taking advantage of rules designed to keep top-ranked countries from simply taking all the available freestyle skiing slots. She made it to the qualifying runs, came in dead last, but she did get to ski in the Olympics, and they’re now going to close the loophole which she exploited so carefully.
That last part is the one I admire most. I mean, I respect people who can ski well; I’ve done it enough to know how hard it can be. But (hypothetically) getting a rule named after you? That’s respectable, too. In it’s way.