Published: Wed, February 14, 2018
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American Emily Sweeney Crashes in Olympics Luge Run, Taken to Hospital

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

She walked off on her own, refusing a stretcher. 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 Olympics have seen some incredible highs for USA athletes (see Chloe Kim's gold medal halfpipe, Mirai Nagasu's historic triple axel, and Adam Rippon's gorgeous Coldplay routine), but American Emily Sweeney's terrifying luge crash on her final run today gave her teammates, family, and fans a scare.

Sweeney lost control around Curve 9, the track's most treacherous spot, and then began careening all over the track.

Many in the crowd looked at the monitors, horrifed.

Associated Press reported that Sweeney, who was competing in her first Winter Olympics, was quickly attended to by medical personal.


It took several minutes for Sweeney to get to her feet, then several more before she could finally start a slow walk to the finish area - surrounded by team and on-site medical personnel.

"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.

Later in the final run, Britcher lost control at the start and collided with a few walls - but got down the track without crashing or sustaining serious injury.

Monday marked the eighth anniversary of the death of Georgian luger Nodar Kumaritashvili on the eve of the 2010 Winter Games in Whistler, British Columbia.

Sweeney was heading down during the fourth run of the luge competition in PyeongChang when she became sideways on her toboggan. She was.412 seconds behind Geisenberger. But it is a night such as this one that US lugers say is the best opportunity to grow the sport - by winning medals, by grabbing the spotlight. Hamlin was a bronze medalist in 2014. The Eighth Army brought about 70 soldiers and dependents to the event, 100 miles from Camp Humphreys, to cheer on Sweeney and fellow soldier-competitors.

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