The Olympic dream is over for American freestyle skier Grete Eliassen as she was not named to the 2014 US Sochi Winter Olympic team and another media darling disappears from the Olympic spotlight. This is an unfortunate situation but it is not a surprise to followers of freestyle skiing because Grete Eliassen has not had very good results for most of the 2013-14 freestyle skiing season and to name her to the team would have been unacceptable.
Grete Eliassen has always been considered a fearless rebel in the sport but one of the worst things that happened for her this season is when she and one of her main competitors, Heather McPhie agreed to wear a Fitbit Flex fitness tracking device for a week during November 2013. The results after a week indicated that Grete Eliassen was not burning nearly as many calories as Heather McPhie and while no one will state that this hurt her cause it certainly did not help because she was neither beating Heather McPhie in competition nor was she viewed as working harder than her competition.
Grete Eliassen is a media darling with her model looks and reputation as one of the most daring and innovative freestyle skiers on the circuit but the one thing she seems to have not taken into consideration is that she still needed to achieve the results on the slopes and she did not.
The absence of Grete Eliassen from the 2014 Winter Olympics is unfortunate as this accomplished freestyle skier who is the holder of the hip jump world record would have been a great media attraction at the Olympics. However, her not being included in the 2014 US Winter Olympics team does serve a greater good as it sends a message to all aspiring young athletes that you cannot expect to succeed or be selected to a team if you are seen as not working as hard as your competition. Hard workers will always be selected over their competitors when the competition is close both in sports and in almost every aspect of life.