12 Jan '18, 3pm

[email protected] Soldier and Luge athlete overcomes obstacles for 2018 Olympics:

.@NationalGuardNY Soldier and Luge athlete overcomes obstacles for 2018 Olympics:

LAKE PLACID, New York -- Whether she'd posted a personal-best time, or suffered a collision on the track, Emily Sweeney would flash her trademark smile to fans, media, or anyone who watched her compete. Even when sliding during frigid winter storms in challenging conditions, the New York National Guard Soldier kept smiling. But for six months during the winter and spring of 2014, that bright-eyed grin couldn't hide bitter disappointment. A charismatic Olympic hopeful, Sweeney had entered the 2013 World Cup season as a favorite to make the 2014 Winter Games. When Sweeney lost the final spot on the 2014 U.S. Luge Team, missing the Olympics for the second time, she shut herself off from the sport to which she had dedicated most of her life. "It's something that I've wanted for so long and it's something that's very tangible for me," said Sweeney, who in December, finally qual...

Full article: http://www.nationalguard.mil/News/Article/1412545/luge-at...

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