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American Emily Sweeney Crashes in Olympics Luge Run, Taken to Hospital

14 February 2018

Emily was able to walk about 10 minutes after the crash, according to the Associated Press.

Emily Sweeney has thankfully walked away unscathed from a horror crash during the luge event at the Winter Olympics in PyeongChang.

Sweeney's sled began careening all over the track and she wound up sliding feet-first up one curve toward the track roof before getting thrown and eventually tumbling to a stop. Halfway through the course, near the ninth turn, she skidded and lost control.

According to doctors on-site, Sweeney was "banged up", but she didn't suffer any broken bones in the incident, according to USA Today.

"I'm fine", she said 20 minutes later, wiping tears, telling the half-dozen people around her that she didn't want to go to the hospital.

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.

She said she felt sore and stiff after her big spill.

"I'm going to go get an X-ray on my back after this, but I wanted to have the last word".

"Thanks for all the support, guys". It's a bummer, for sure, and I know that I'm better than that.

This was the first Olympics for Sweeney, who missed out on a spot in the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, Russia. Sweeney is just 24 years old, though, so we can hopefully count on her returning to competition for the 2022 Winter Olympics. She was taken to a hospital as a precautionary measure.

The American lost control midway through her run and proceeded to bounce off the walls in terrifying fashion.

Germany's Natalie Geisenberger won the gold model, while American Erin Hamlin finished in sixth place.

American Emily Sweeney Crashes in Olympics Luge Run, Taken to Hospital