By Karen Price | Dec. 01, 2018, 6:17 p.m. (ET)

Emily Sweeney goes down the track at the Viessemann World Cup on Dec. 1, 2018 in Whistler, British Columbia.

 

The last time most of the world saw Emily Sweeney, the American luger was careening out of control in a frightening accident at the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018.

Thankfully, Sweeney avoided serious injury in the wreck that took her out of the Olympics in her debut, and on Saturday she returned to racing with a flourish. 

In her first major international race since then, Sweeney won the bronze medal at the Viessemann World Cup race in Whistler, British Columbia. This is the first medal on the world cup circuit this season for Team USA.

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Sweeney, who did not compete in the season opener in Austria last weekend, came from behind to capture the fifth world cup medal of her career. 

A pair of Germans took the top two spots, with Olympic champion Natalie Geisenberger registering the win with a total time of 1:16.904 and Julia Taubitz coming in second with a time of 1:17.195. 

Sitting in seventh place after her first run with a time of 38.705, Sweeney sliced some time off with her second run of 38.616 to finish with a total of 1:17.321. 

Coming into this season Sweeney had one career world cup gold medal, captured in 2017 in Winterberg, Germany, and three silver medals. She finished the last world cup season ranked 11th overall. 

Karen Price is a reporter from Pittsburgh who has covered Olympic sports for various publications. She is a freelance contributor to TeamUSA.org on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc.