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Mar 24th 2018, 5:46 pm
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"The idea that she overcame what appeared to be a concussion and raced 36 hours later and won silver is not a feel-good story," said Chris Nowinski, founder of the Concussion Legacy Foundation. "I think it's a 'Thank God She Survived' story. It's a shame she was out there."

Concussion dangers lurk everywhere - from the iced-over deck of the halfpipe, to the steeply pitched landings on the slopestyle course, to the careening twists and turns of Gratis essence katalog the snowboardcross track, to the aerials course, where "slap back" is the term for when a skier's head slaps backward against the snow. But at the Olympics, there are no hard-and-fast rules regarding who diagnoses head injuries, and no hard-and-fast protocol that athletes must clear to be allowed back on the slopes after a concussion.

The 43-year-old Mexican took up cross-country skiing only a year ago, [Redirect Only] which was somehow enough time to land a spot in Pyeongchang. Not surprisingly, he crossed the line last among the 116 competitors who finished the 15-kilometer event - nearly 26 minutes behind the winner.

While Swaney - whose LinkedIn profile highlights three undergraduate degrees from Cal-Berkeley, a master's in Win real money no deposit casinos Estate Development and Finance from Harvard and funds her pursuits while working for a pair of Bay Area startups - points out she was just one of 24 women in the world to make it to Pyeongchang, part of the reason is due to IOC rules that limit the number of athletes a country can enter in a given sport.

"I'm trying to soak in the Olympic experience but also focusing on the halfpipe here and trying to go higher each time and getting more spins in," said Swaney, who wore bib No. 23 and stars-and-stripes goggles not as some sort of statement but basically because they were the least expensive in the athlete's store.

Elizabeth Marian Swaney, of Hungary, runs the course during women's halfpipe qualifying at Phoenix Snow Park at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Monday, Feb. 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

Once the din of Trump's arrival died down - several TV crews in the mixed zone spent the competition with their cameras trained not on the snowboarders but on Trump's traveling party - Toutant and his buddies did their best to put on a show.

Ivanka Trump, left, cheers with Kim Jung-sook, wife of the South Korean President during the men's Big Air snowboard competition at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky)

Four Americans entered the contest, with three moving on to the finals. The one who didn't make it? Devin [Redirect Only] Logan, Asian female poker player a two-time Olympian who scored 71.60 in her first run to just miss the cutoff while dealing with a knee injury.

Pita Taufatofua, of Tonga, smiles after finishing the men's 15km freestyle cross-country skiing competition at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Friday, Feb. 16, 2018. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

At least two North Koreans skiers who finished a combined 98 seconds behind the gold medalist in men's giant slalom were part of a last-minute delegation intended to bring a bit of reconciliation to this divided land.

"It doesn't matter if you're 43 years old and it doesn't if there is no snow in Mexico and it doesn't matter if you don't have the money to pursue the sport," Madrazo said. "What matters is that if you want to do it, you can do it."

Mack missed out on the finals in slopestyle after struggling during both of his qualifying runs. The 20-year-old found a measure of redemption in Big Air. Focusing more on style than acrobatics, Mack drilled a "front 1440 Bloody Dracula," a grab that requires the rider to clench the tail of the snowboard in midair.

Sebastien Toutant, of Canada, jumps during training forthe men's Big Air snowboard competition at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018.

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