March 2018

An Olympic Class Act

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Emily Sweeney waves to her supporters after the crash as she is helped off the luge track by an Olympics staffer.

Photo by Marcus Fichtl published in Stars and Sripes

Emily Sweeney waves to her supporters after the crash as she is helped off the luge track by an Olympics staffer.

Everyone was relieved when hometown hero Emily Sweeney walked away from a scary crash during her 4th round luge run on February 13. A USA Luge statement said she was taken to a clinic at the Olympic Village for evaluation. “It was a heavy crash and she was feeling sore”.

In round 1, Emily was in 11th place (out of 30 women competing) with a time of 46.595 which was .35 behind the leader. In round 2 she finished 23rd with a time of 46.960 which was .828 behind the leader. Combining the first two round scores she was in 15th place. In round 3 Emily finished 16th with a time of 46.917, .637 behind the leader. Going into the fourth and last round she was in 14th place (This represents the 3 runs added together so she was in 14th place overall going into the final round). Round 4 is listed as a DNF (did not finish).

We admire the tremendous courage Emily showed after such a tough finish.

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