US Olympian suffers horror crash in Luge event

US Olympian suffers horror crash in Luge event

American luger Emily Sweeney avoided serious injury in a frightening crash that knocked her out of the Pyeongchang Olympics during the final heat of the competition.

According to the on-site doctor, Sweeney was "banged up" but had no broken bones. But Sweeney hobbled away on her own.

After the conclusion of the event she reappeared at the track flanked by several members of USA Luge and while she didn't stop for questions she did say, "I'm fine, I'm OK".

On Tuesday night in PyeongChang, luger Emily Sweeney was in 14th place after three runs, and it was during her fourth shot that the unfortunate crash went down.

Sweeney, a first-time Olympian, lost control at curve 9 of the Alpensia Sliding Centre track and crashed against the sides before falling off her sled. The stands were filled with fans cheering raucously, and they immediately went silent waiting for some sort of sign that Sweeney would be all right. Sweeney skidded out of the straight after the ninth turn and looped along the next curve, crashing into the wall with her feet.

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As the video shows, Sweeney hit the wall at a almost perpendicular angle.

"It's definitely one of the harder curves around the world", Tucker West of the USA told NBC Olympics.

Geisenberger won gold by maintaining the lead she took into the day. Hamlin was a bronze medalist in 2014.

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.

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