Published: Thu, February 15, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Merle Christensen

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

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

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

Emily Sweeney crashed in her final run of the women's singles luge on Tuesday in PyeongChang, but suffered no broken bones, according to the team doctor.

Sports reported that Sweeney was being taken to the hospital.

Sweeney was in her fourth run and in curve 9 when she bounced around the track before crashing. As Sweeney was reaching Curve 9, which has developed a reputation among Olympic lugers for being so slippery and hard to handle, she slid upward so that her feet smashed into the right (upper) wall, which sent her careening back down into the left wall.

Many in the crowd looked at the monitors, horrified.

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Thankfully she was able to walk away from the crash.

Watch Sweeney's crash in the videos below, but please note that some viewers may find the footage distressing.

"I've never been so relieved than when I saw her getting up and walking", said Summer Britcher, an American teammate of Sweeney's.

After a delay of approximately 10 minutes, competition resumed and Germany's Natalie Geisenberger won the gold medal, as she did in Sochi four years earlier.

When asked if she would return and make another run at the 2022 Winter Games in Beijing, Sweeney was unsure. Jong Jin Kim came to the United States from South Korea in 1982, so Chloe's trip to the Games in Pyeongchang has been particularly powerful for her family. Hamlin was a bronze medalist in 2014. Sweeney's official result was DNF, for Did Not Finish.

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