Maine Native Emily Sweeney Wins Bronze At World Cup Women’s Luge Event
Portland native Emily Sweeney won the bronze medal Saturday in the World Cup women’s luge event in Whistler, British Columbia.
It was Sweeney's first event since her terrifying crash in her final run at the Pyeongchang Olympics last February.
The 25-year-old sat in seventh place after finishing her first run with a time of 38.705. She sliced some time off her second run, 38.616, to finish with a total of 1:17.321.
Germans Natalie Geisenberger and Julia Taubitz took the top two spots. Geisenberger, the reigning Olympic champion, registered the win with a total time of 1:16.904, while Taubitz finished second with a time of 1:17.195.
For Sweeney, who now resides in Suffield, Connecticut, it was her fifth world cup medal of her career. She had previously won three silver medals, and in 2017, Sweeney captured gold in Winterberg, Germany.
Her finish at Whistler marked the first medal on the world cup circuit this season for Team USA.