Sort of Hungarian skier sort of crushes halfpipe
While Cassie Sharpe topped the Olympic women's halfpipe skiing podium and honored late countrywoman Sarah Burke's legacy in the process, Hungarian Elizabeth Swaney was busy writing her own headlines. Dropping into the qualifying round with a run of straight airs and a single alley-oop 180, she could have easily been confused for a course crasher other than the fact that she had legitimately qualified for the Games. Turns out Swaney, an American with Hungarian grandparents, is an Olympic loophole gold medalist, having nearly qualified in the skeleton for Venezuela ahead of the 2014 Sochi Games before she switched to halfpipe skiing just in time for the PyeongChang. Love her or hate her, Swaney just registered the worst run in Olympic history--and couldn't be more stoked.
Snowboarder wins Olympic skiing gold
After borrowing a pair of skis from Mikaela Shiffrin, the Czech Republic's Ester Ledecka shocked everyone, coasting to victory over Lindsey Vonn and the rest of the talented field in the women's Olympic super-G. Perhaps most surprising of all is that Ledecka is actually a world champion snowboarder, having only finished in the top 10 of a world skiing event once. With a gold medal in tow, Ledecka still plans to compete in the snowboard parallel giant slalom, where she could become the first crossover dual gold medalist. Cheers to weird.
Did Lindsey Vonn's Valentine plea get answered?
Roughly a million Americans regretted not buying tickets to South Korea last week after Lindsey Vonn tweeted an open Valentine plea to the Twittersphere. Whether or not her request was answered may forever be lost ("What happens in PyeongChang, stays somewhere in the general vicinity of PyeongChang"), but Vonn did find consolation in earning the downhill bronze in her final Olympic race.
— lindsey vonn (@lindseyvonn) February 14, 2018
Sacre Bleu! Mikaela Shiffrin's Olympic boyfriend booted
Mikaela Shiffrin may have won gold in the women's Olympic giant slalom, but she'll be celebrating that victory alone after boyfriend Matthieu Faivre, an Olympic skier from France, was sent home by the French Ski Team for a post-race outburst. Described as "lacking in team spirit," Faivre had some choice words after the men's giant slalom, including "I'm here to race for myself only." Seems a little harsh, honestly, but as Harry Dunne once said, "I don't know Lloyd, the French are softies." Or something like that.
Missing Whiteface skier turns up in California
If you ever needed another reason to never call last run, just ask Danny Filippidis. The Canadian skier disappeared from New York's Whiteface Mountain while scoring last turns, and ended up in Sacramento, California--six days later. The kicker? When he was finally identified, he was still in his ski clothes, including his helmet and goggles. Police say that Filippidis broke no laws, but suggested that he ski with a harness next time.