"He tries his best to understand it," she said. "I don't think he's got it yet."
The same could be said for a sport that looked more than a little unpolished in its Olympic debut.
Nearly half of the 44 qualifying runs over the series of rails, jumps — and one oversized Russian nesting doll — ended with a skier face down in the snow or pulling out of self-preservation.
"On days like this, normally we wouldn't be trying to do our gnarliest tricks because we're getting stuck," said American Keri Herman, who came in as a medal contender but finished 10th. "But right now, we're at (the Olympics), so here we go, let's do it."