American Erin Sweeney Crashes in Her Final Luge Run

Emily Sweeney Is OK After That Scary Olympic Luge Crash

Sweeney is just 24 years old, though, so we can hopefully count on her returning to competition for the 2022 Winter Olympics.

Sweeney hit the turn at over 60 miles per hour, trying to use her feet to slow down her descent, but to no avail. She was taken to the hospital for evaluation.

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.

It took several minutes for Emily Sweeney to get to her feet after the crash. After falling onto the ice, Sweeney rolled down the track with her sled in tow before coming to a stop. Once she left the course, she was met with cheers from the crowd and her fellow lugers. "I'm very sore, and pretty stiff", she said.

"Thanks for all the support, guys". "I knew I wanted to continue being an athlete, but I didn't want to only be an athlete". But here were are. She narrowly missed a spot at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.

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Curve 9 has been a problem for sliders throughout the early portion of the Olympics, causing many to skid, lose control and lose some time.

"I'm fine", she said 20 minutes later, wiping tears, telling the half-dozen people around her that she didn't want to go to the hospital.

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.

Later in the final run, Britcher lost control at the start and collided with some walls - but got down the track without crashing or serious injury.

Germany's Natalie Geisenberger won the gold model, while American Erin Hamlin finished in sixth place.

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