Winter Olympics 2018: American luger Emily Sweeney crashes on final run

Doug Mendoza
February 14, 2018

On Tuesday at the Winter Olympics, American luge athlete Emily Sweeney got into a scary-looking crash that she was lucky to walk away from.

Doctors reported Sweeney had only suffered "bumps and bruises". She was taken to the hospital for evaluation.

"I'm OK", she told reporters in the mixed zone.

She initially put her feet down to slow her progress but quickly began to rock back and forth at more than 60 miles per hour.

Sweeney is competing in her first Olympics after missing out on the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.

American luger Emily Sweeney appeared to have a strong start in the final heat of her competition, but as she rounded Curve 9, the track's most treacherous spot, she lost control. The stands were filled with fans cheering raucously, and they immediately went silent waiting for some sort of sign that Sweeney would be all right.

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However, despite avoiding serious injury, Sweeney was knocked out of the Games.

"Oh no, that's bad, you really hate to see that, where the athlete's feet go higher than her head".

Another tearjerker was super-teen Chloe Kim's father's reaction to her incredible gold medal-winning run on the halfpipe course on Monday.

"I don't think Curve 9 is unsafe, but I am anxious because it's technical", Mazdzer said in a video for NBC, explaining how it can throw a luger off by tenths of a second, which can be the difference in a medal. She is also a sergeant in the US military. The women's luge singles event is composed of four runs split over two days.

Competition was suspended while medical officials attended to Sweeney.

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