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    Olympic Halfpipe Skier Doesn’t Do Any Tricks

    She had a Games plan. American Elizabeth Swaney, competing for Hungary in the women’s halfpipe, left spectators confused when she performed no tricks during her run in Pyeongchang. The Harvard grad reportedly got to the Olympics by self-funding her way to 13 qualifying competitions and staying upright, though generally placing last. While some are calling her system-gaming a scam, others see perseverance — and the sport’s governing body is considering rule changes so this doesn’t happen again. Meanwhile, Norway leads the medal count with 28, 11 of them gold.

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