Emily Sweeney crashes on final run, says she "is fine"

Jonathan Hernandez
February 14, 2018

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

According to the on-site doctor, Sweeney was "banged up" but had no broken bones.

Sports reported that Sweeney was being taken to the hospital. A stretcher was brought out, but after several tense minutes Sweeney was able to get to her feet.

Though this is Sweeney's first Olympic appearance, she is no stranger to the competition.

Sweeney hit the turn at over 60 miles per hour, trying to use her feet to slow down her descent, but to no avail.

"I know I have a lot of support and I'm sorry that's how it ended".

Sweeney was heading down during the fourth run of the luge competition in PyeongChang when she became sideways on her toboggan. According to an online broadcast, she was taken to a hospital.

Sweeney, who is also a member of the National Guard, also missed a spot in the 2010 Winter Olympics after losing a special race-off to her big sister, Megan Sweeney.

Emily Sweeney starts to lose control of her toboggan before crashing.

Americans are still only on the fringe of the women's luge world, where Germany again dominated Tuesday night, with Natalie Geisenberger defending her Olympic gold medal.

"I don't think Curve 9 is risky, 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.

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