American Emily Sweeney walks away after scary Olympic luge crash

Posted February 14, 2018

The 2018 Winter Olympics have seen some incredible highs for US 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.

"I know I caught a good amount of air going in to (turn) 12, and I just couldn't stop it", Sweeney told NBC after the accident.

Pyeongchang is Sweeney's first Olympics after missing the Sochi Games in 2014.

She was in her fourth run and in curve 9 when she lost control of the sled, bounced around and crashed.

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The track was shut as emergency staff quickly went to Sweeney's aid.

Emily Sweeney said she was "fine" after the crash.

"I'm very sore, and pretty stiff", Sweeney added.

"Thanks for all the support, guys". A USA Luge official said she was taken to a clinic at the Olympic Village for evaluation.

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CNN reports that Sweeney, who is also a member of the National Guard, missed out on a spot on the 2010 Winter Olympics team after losing a special race-off - to her big sister.

The crash came on the treacherous stretch of the course from Turn 12 to Turn 9, where multiple athletes have faltered on this course.

After a brief delay, the competition resumed.

The Associated Press contributed to this reported.

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"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.