How Elizabeth Swaney went from 'worst Olympian ever' to competing on American ...

A freestyle skiier who was slammed as the 'worst Olympian ever' is shaking off her haters and is pursuing a new challenge - competing on the TV show American Ninja Warrior. 

California-raised athlete Elizabeth Swaney, 34, faced relentless criticism for her lackluster performance in the 2018 Olympic Winter games where she represented Hungary and simply skied down a slope without doing any tricks in the halfpipe skiing routine. 

Following her shocking and simple run she scored a 31.4, one of the lowest scores in Olympic history, and finished in last place.

Video of her performance went viral and critics accused her of 'scamming' her way into the competition by completing safe and boring acts, instead of performing jaw-dropping flips and tricks in mid-air like her opponents.

But the athlete was unfazed by the backlash saying 'I just love challenges' as she now tackles a new sport, this time on TV. 

She's already competed and failed to make it past the qualifying round for Season 10, but it testing her luck again for Season 11. 

Elizabeth Swaney, 24, who went viral for her lackluster performance at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games is now trying to compete in the obstacle course TV show American Ninja Warrior

Elizabeth Swaney, 24, who went viral for her lackluster performance at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games is now trying to compete in the obstacle course TV show American Ninja Warrior

Swaney represented Hungary in the 2018 Winter Games in the halfpipe skiing sport where she simply slid down the slope without performing any tricks or stunts, landing her one of the lowest scores in Olympic history

Swaney represented Hungary in the 2018 Winter Games in the halfpipe skiing sport where she simply slid down the slope without performing any tricks or stunts, landing her one of the lowest scores in Olympic history 

Her performance confused judges and sparked outrage online as halfpipe skiing is a notoriously dangerous sport where athletes complete complex twists and flips midair, but Swaney played it safe and skied down the pipe without adding flair

Her performance confused judges and sparked outrage online as halfpipe skiing is a notoriously dangerous sport where athletes complete complex twists and flips midair, but Swaney played it safe and skied down the pipe without adding flair 

Despite the backlash Swaney says she worked hard to make it into the Olympics. 

The UC Berkeley and Harvard grad says that she's always wanted to compete in the Olympics ever since she was seven and saw figure skater Kristi Yamaguchi win gold in the 1992 Olympics.

To get to the Olympics Swaney dabbled in a variety of sports from rowing to ice hockey to skeleton, a sport where competitors hurtle headfirst down an icy track. 

She differed from her peers in that she tested out various sports, instead of dedicating her time to one. 

After failing to break through intense competition and land a spot in the U.S. Olympic training programs, she tried to represent other countries, which is allowed if athletes have a viable connection to that nation. 

She failed to make the 2014 Sochi Winter Games for skeleton while representing Venezeula, where her mother grew up. 

Her routine went viral and sparked outrage, many slamming her as the 'worst Olympian ever' saying the Olympics should be saved for the best of the best in the athletic world

Her routine went viral and sparked outrage, many slamming her as the 'worst Olympian ever' saying the Olympics should be saved for the best of the best in the athletic world

'I just love challenges. I'm always trying to do my best,' she said on her last-place finish on the Today show following her stint at the 2018 Winter Games

'I just love challenges. I'm always trying to do my best,' she said on her last-place finish on the Today show following her stint at the 2018 Winter Games

Then she switched gears and tried for halfpipe skiing on behalf of Hungary, where her grandparents are from. 

Halfpipe is a dangerous sport where skiers plummet down a steep track and down a pipe with 22-foot walls while performing impressive tricks. 

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