Emily Sweeney could barely stand on a treadmill a few months ago. After four minutes of walking, the U.S. Olympic luge athlete had to lie down because of the searing pain that was spasming through her neck.
She was battered and broken.
That didn’t matter this weekend.
Barely nine months removed from fracturing her neck and back — injuries suffered in a frightening crash at the Pyeongchang Olympics, and ones she hadn’t revealed widely until now — Sweeney won the women’s bronze medal at a World Cup race in Whistler, British Columbia, on Saturday.