Roku shares slammed by Amazon, Best Buy's smart-TV deal
Facebook ad feature claims to predict user's future behaviour
New OnePlus 6 Renders Show All Angles Of The Phone
Wasteful Blues punished by Hernandez hammer blow
Trump Says World Trade Organization 'Unfair' to United States
Meet the Olympic freeskier with no tricks
23 February 2018, 04:55 | Gina Pena
We've done it - we have just found the worst Olympian of all time
Born and raised in the United States, the Harvard graduate once ran against Arnold Schwarzenegger in the race to be California governor.
Elizabeth Swaney made it to the Olympics and, for one night, captivated - and also confused - a worldwide audience.
None of that panned out for her. So what she did is travel to World Cup events and rack up enough required top-30 finishes that featured her not crashing, thus ending up ranked #34 in the world.
But if you tuned into the qualifying portion of women's halfpipe skiing in Pyeongchang this week, you got an odd and confusing surprise while watching free skier Elizabeth Swaney.
The 33-year-old, however, did not attempt a trick more complicated than a simple alley-oop when a skier rotates 180 degrees or more in the uphill direction. She was able to use very basic runs to get herself into position to qualify for the Olympics.
Each nation can send a maximum of four skiers to compete in the women's halfpipe. She had no chance of qualifying for the USA team, but was able to represent Hungary because her grandparents are from there. Given that a World Cup halfpipe event in China last December only had 15 contestants as most top pros were at Dew Tour and Copper's Grand Prix, all Swaney had to do was not fall and she was in the Olympics. But she gamed the Olympic system to compete, the Boston Globe says, and you either think that's great or that's embarrassing.
Swaney still hopes to inspire others who might be intimidated by the prospect of skiing up and down the steep walls of the half-pipe. The news stories start coming out about how each athlete has trained and sacrificed so much to make it to the Games.
Average Skier Who Performed No Tricks During Halfpipe 'Shocked' To Not Advance
Despite finishing dead last, Swaney told Reuters it was "an honour to compete at the Olympics", and that she was "really excited to compete among other wonderful women from across the world".
"The field is not that deep in the women's pipe ... she went to every World Cup", experienced halfpipe judge Steele Spence told The Denver Post.
She was eligible for the Olympics due to the fact she essentially found a loophole that allowed her to take a spot on the Hungary team, which didn't fill all of its skiing quota spots for the 2018 winter games. Over 7 years, I have taught a few hundred people to ski while trying to give others the same opportunity I had.
France's Marie Martinod, who qualified in second, said she had no ill-feelings towards Swaney for her participation.
How? She just skied straight down the bloody thing.
While some of the other athletes reportedly have a problem with Swaney "gaming" the system, others have seen her as a hero representing the everyday American who, just once, wants to experience Olympic glory.
In a sport that's supposed to feature all sorts of death-defying flips and spins on a cylinder-like course, Swaney turned in a leisurely run down the hill, gently rocking back and forth, doing nothing more than easing up to the edges before turning the other way. "Maybe perhaps I'm the bridge to those who want to get started. and I want to show people that, yeah, it's possible to get involved in freestyle skiing through a variety of backgrounds".
Syria sends reenforcements to Kurdish-controlled Afrin
Shortly after the militias entered the enclave, Turkish planes carried out airstrikes around the city, Syrian state TV reported . The YPG has controlled Afrin since 2012 after Syrian government forces withdrew from the Kurdish-majority area.
Abrahamson: Lindsey Vonn shows how to win bronze
She was the downhill champion at the Vancouver Games, where she scored her bronze medal in the Super G. Vonn was trying to become the first female racer to win Olympic gold in both downhill and the Super G.
Porsche 911 GT3 RS Facelift Unveiled With 520 HP
Compared to the 2018 model, the powerplant cranks out a full 20-horsepower more than the current model. The naturally aspirated Porsche 911 GT3 RS gets more hardcore with the latest set of updates.
Samsung shares take a hit as iPhone X sales slump
Samsung did not immediately respond to our request for comment and Nikkei's report did not cite specific sources. For Q1 2018, it reports, Samsung Display had counted on making 45-50 million OLED panels for the iPhone X.
ECB Intervenes for Latvian Bank Accused of Helping N. Korea
It says Mr Rimsevics has been demanding payments since 2015 and threatening tougher regulation if the money was not forthcoming. Following the report, Latvia's central bank governor Ilmars Rimsevics was interrogated for eight hours on Saturday.
Israeli PM Netanyahu's warning for Tehran
Netanyahu had also told the conference: "We will act if necessary not just against Iran's proxies but against Iran itself". Mr Zarif suggested Mr Netanyahu might be escalating tensions with Iran simply to distract from his domestic problems .
Bayliss: T20 cricket should only be played domestically
New Zealand beat England by 12 runs when they met earlier in the week setting up an all-or-nothing showdown on Sunday. Australia have already qualified for the final in Auckland on 21 February having won all four of their group games.
Tripura Assembly Elections: State witnesses 78% turnout
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah spearheaded the BJP-IPFT challenge in one of the last bastions of the Left. While Sarkar has been the chief minister of the state since 1998, his party the CPI-M has been in power in Tripura since 1993.
Apple Releases iOS, macOS Fixes For Telugu 'Text Bomb' Bug
In terms of the software release timeline, this is iOS 11 .2.6, the 11th update to the latest version of the operating system . However, Apple is determined to fix this problem before the public version of the iOS 11.3 goes live this Spring.