Emily Sweeney (luger)

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Emily Sweeney
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Sgt Sweeney in 2017
Personal information
Born (1993-03-16) March 16, 1993 (age 25)[1]
Portland, Maine, U.S.[2]
ResidenceSuffield, Connecticut, U.S.[2]
Height165 cm (5 ft 5 in)[1]
Weight67 kg (148 lb)[1]
ClubU.S. Army
Emily Sweeney at the World Cup in Altenberg, Germany in February 2017

Emily Carolyn Sweeney (born November 28, 1993) is an American luger.[3] She is the sister of fellow luger Megan Sweeney.[4]

Military career[edit]

According to Sweeney, she was inspired to join the Army National Guard by hearing her grandfather, Jack Sweeney, tell stories about his time serving in the Navy. She enlisted as a military policewoman and attended basic training and advanced individual training at the US Army Military Police School on Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. She graduated with honors. After initial training, she joined the World Class Athlete Program.

Luge career[edit]

During the 2009 World Cup season, Sweeney became Junior World Luge Champion and took bronze medals at the Junior World Cup at Winterberg, Germany and a gold medal at Park City, Utah.[5]

In December 2015, during World Cup competition on their home track in Lake Placid, Sweeney and teammates Erin Hamlin and Summer Britcher swept the field. It marked the first time the U.S. women knocked out the dominant German team.

On November 26, 2017, she won her first World Cup gold medal in the sprint race at Winterberg.[6]

Emily Sweeney was selected as a member of the 2018 USA Olympic Team.[1][7] At the Pyongchang Games, her first Olympics, Sweeney crashed on her final run, losing control at turn 12 of the Alpensia track after "(catching) a good amount of air" when entering the corner. However, she escaped the crash without any injuries.[8]


  1. ^ a b c d Emily Sweeney. pyeongchang2018.com
  2. ^ a b Emily Sweeney. teamusa.org
  3. ^ "USA luger slides to best finish". Colorado Springs Gazette. Retrieved 2016-06-20.
  4. ^ "Megan Sweeney". Retrieved February 8, 2015.
  5. ^ "Luge athlete Sgt. Emily Sweeney perseveres through heartache, injury to compete in 2018 Olympics". www.army.mil. Retrieved 2018-02-08.
  6. ^ "Americans Sweeney, Britcher go 1-2 in luge". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2018-02-08.
  7. ^ Emily Sweeney. armymwr.com
  8. ^ Criss, Doug; Martin, Jill (14 February 2018). "Emily Sweeney's luge crash stuns Olympic crowds". cnn.com. Retrieved 17 February 2018.

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