Published: Wed, February 14, 2018
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

American luger Emily Sweeney silences Winter Olympics crowd with horrific crash

American luger Emily Sweeney silences Winter Olympics crowd with horrific crash

Emily Sweeney has thankfully walked away unscathed from a horror crash during the luge event at the Winter Olympics in PyeongChang.

Team USA luger Emily Sweeney suffered a brutal crash in Pyeongchang on Monday night, spinning out and careening against the walls several times.

Sweeney told reporters she was okay as she was helped off the course and after being attended to the medical staff, was diagnosed with bumps and bruises. As she was helped into an ambulance, Sweeney reportedly assured spectators, "I'm fine".

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She initially put her feet down to slow her progress but quickly began to rock back and forth at more than 60 miles per hour. It wasn't long, however, before Sweeney was able to stand up and walk off the ice, and she was met with resounding cheers and applause from fans and spectators.

Sweeney is competing in her first Olympics after missing out on the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.

"It's not always pretty", Sweeney wrote.

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"I know I have a lot of support and I'm sorry that's how it ended". She was taken to a hospital as a precautionary measure.

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.

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

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The Associated Press contributed to this reported. "I thought it was a great avenue of opportunity", Emily said about joining the military.

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