Because a few competitors pulled out of the Olympics with injury, because of limits on how many skiers from a single country can compete in the same event, and because of some arcane reallocation rules within the Hungarian ski federation created to balance men's and women's competitors, Swaney got to go do her fake run in Pyeongchang.
Then she just waited until a few women fell and crashed at those events, so she didn't end up dead last, and it finally happened in December.
Due to a combination of injuries, limits on how many athletes can qualify from one country, and a Hungarian team rule that reallocates some spots on the Olympic team to balance the number of men and women, Swaney made it.
"It is an honour to compete at the Olympics and I am really excited to compete among other fantastic women from across the world", Swaney said.
That score put her 13.60 points behind 23rd-place Danish competitor Dane Laila Friis-Salling, who fell during both of her runs, and more than 40 points away from the qualification cut-off point reached by the 12th-place competitor.
"There are going to be changes to World Cup quotas and qualifying to be eligible for the Olympics", warned halfpipe judge Steele Spence.
Which led to this run down the half-pipe in South Korea, which Deadspin described as being "so thoroughly average that it's an inspiration of sorts". "Then a nice cruise, 360 to switch - trying to show that she has a little style down at the bottom".
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"I still want to inspire people to get involved with athletics or a new sport or a new challenge at any age in life", she said. But later, she switched to representing Hungary, citing her grandparents' heritage.
"I didn't qualify for the finals, so I'm really disappointed with that", Swaney said.
Despite finishing near the bottom at all the worldwide events she's attended in the past four years, she still collected the required number of FIS points to reach Olympic standard, at great personal cost.
The head judge of the freeskiing competitions in Pyeongchang, Philippe Belanger, added: "We will make the points a bit higher".
While she has developed some spins off Park City's water ramps, Swaney doesn't have many tricks or jumps in the 22-foot halfpipe. With no chance in the world of making it into the U.S. team, she found a loophole.
While many on social media have viewed Swaney's Olympic qualification and participation as a mockery of the sport and the Games, some fellow professionals voiced their support for her efforts.
Seriously, though. I feel bad making fun of her, but is she for real with this run? Swaney says she's not comparing herself to her high-flying comrades, but she's inspired by them.