Remember ‘Eddie The Eagle’, the British man who made it to the Olympics for ski jumping despite coming 55th in the world qualifiers? Some are calling Elizabeth Swaney the new “Eddie” because of her performance in Pyeong Chang.
The American born skier is representing Hungary in this years games, due to the fact that her grandparents are Hungarian. She’s making headlines because she hasn’t performed a single trick, yet she is still an Olympics athlete.
Swaney came in last place Monday with a score of 31.4 after two runs. She knows she isn’t on the same level as the other athletes, but says she wants to inspire other Hungarians to take up freestyle skiing.
You might be wondering, how did she even get to this level of competition? Well, there are not that many female freestyle skiers and Swaney went to every world competition with fewer than 30 participants (you have to have a certain amount of top 30 wins to qualify) and skied, sometimes not even finishing last.
Some of her competitors aren’t too thrilled at her success, but Canadian Cassie Sharpe, who just won gold, said “If you are going to put in the time and effort to be here, then you deserve to be here as much as I do.”