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    Sgt. Emily Sweeney selected to 2022 U.S. Olympic Luge Team

    Sgt. Emily Sweeney selected to 2022 U.S. Olympic Luge Team

    Photo By Sgt. Michael Hunnisett | Emily Sweeney poses for a portrait during the Team USA Beijing 2022 Olympic shoot on...... read more read more



    Story by Sgt. Michael Hunnisett 

    U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program (WCAP)

    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The 2022 Winter Olympic Games are less than a month away. Team USA announced its final lineup of Luge athletes January 10, naming Army Sgt. Emily Sweeney to the team. Sweeney is a 31B, Military Police Officer, assigned to the U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program.

    “I’m honestly just really proud,” said Sweeney. “No one has an easy road to get here and I am proud of myself that I was able to push through a lot and I’m grateful for the opportunity to represent the United States in Beijing.”

    Sweeney has been racing in Luge for over a decade, being named Junior World Champion in 2013; along with 1 World Cup gold medal, 5 World Cup silver medals, and 1 World Cup bronze medal.

    “The challenges have come from every angle, really. It’s been unbelievable how many different challenges we, as a team, have had to face this year,” Sweeney said during a Zoom press conference after being named to the team. “I’m looking forward to that moment where I can just let it go and be in the moment, but that’s not going to happen until I’m in China.”

    A Suffield, Connecticut native, Sweeney was introduced to sliding by her older sister and winter Olympian, Megan, and has since competed on five World Cup teams, four World Championship teams and will soon compete in her second winter Olympics. She will join team-mates Summer Britcher and Ashley Farquharson in women’s singles.

    In the sport of Luge athletes lay on their back, controlling sleds with their feet, while reaching speeds approaching 90 mph. Margins for winning are usually minimal, measured in hundredths to thousandths of a second.

    Since its debut in Innsbruck, Austria, in 1964, the U.S. Olympic luge team has won six medals, including three silver and three bronze. The official release of all USA Olympic teams will occur January 22 to 25.



    Date Taken: 01.11.2022
    Date Posted: 01.11.2022 14:09
    Story ID: 412734

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