Published: Wed, February 14, 2018
Sports | By Sarah Myers

American Luger Emily Sweeney Walks Away From Terrifying Crash

American Luger Emily Sweeney Walks Away From Terrifying Crash

It took several minutes for Emily Sweeney to get to her feet after the crash. She walked off on her own, refusing a stretcher.

According to the on-site doctor, Sweeney was "banged up" but had no broken bones. As she approached the curve, her sled went too far up one of the sides, resulting in her being thrown from her sled.

The 2018 Winter Games in PyeongChang, South Korea have been largely without incident so far by way of injuries, but USA luger Emily Sweeney fell victim to a particularly risky crash that easily could have resulted in debilitating pain.

Sweeney lost control around Curve 9, the track's most treacherous spot, and then began careening all over the track. The crowd at the Alpensia Sliding Center - which had been raucous all night - immediately went silent while waiting for any sign that Sweeney was fine.

American luger Emily Sweeney suffered a horrific crash in her final run at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeonchang, South Korea. Crashes, however, have not come as often as they did in the 2006 and 2010 Games, both of which left athletes openly complaining about track safety.

After the crash, the luge competition was temporarily halted as medical professionals rushed in to check on Emily Sweeney, who was conscious and aware, though still not standing yet.

"I've never been so relieved than when I saw her getting up and walking", said American teammate Summer Britcher, who was choking back tears.

Emily Sweeney starts to lose control of her toboggan before crashing. She was.412 seconds behind Geisenberger. She is on the US luge team with two other soldiers, Sgt. Matt Mortensen and Sgt. Taylor Morris. Hamlin was a bronze medalist in 2014. The women's luge singles event is composed of four runs split over two days.

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