Published: Wed, February 14, 2018
Sports | By Spencer Underwood

Horror crash during luge event shocks Winter Olympics

Horror crash during luge event shocks Winter Olympics

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.

Doctors reported Sweeney had only suffered "bumps and bruises". "USA's Emily Sweeney crashes in luge, heading to hospital", CNN's Will Ripley tweeted. As she was helped into an ambulance, Sweeney reportedly assured spectators, "I'm fine". A stretcher was brought out, but after several tense minutes Sweeney was able to get to her feet.

Sweeney wound up sliding feet-first up one curve toward the track roof before getting thrown from her sled and eventually tumbling to a stop.

Sweeney began to lose control coming into the turn 9 and bounced off both sides of the track, coming off her sled. "The crowd was stunned and went silent". I'm going to get an X-ray on my back after this, but I wanted to have the last word.

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Sweeney is in her first Olympics. So thanks for all the support, you guys.

A Sergeant in the New York Army National Guard, Emily Sweeney fought for years to make her Winter Olympics debut.

"Curve 9 is extremely challenging, and the people that can [handle it] four times, will have the best shot at an Olympic medal". 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. "I don't know. We'll see", she said.

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

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