USA luger's frightening crash stuns Olympic crowd

USA luger's frightening crash stuns Olympic crowd

USA luger's frightening crash stuns Olympic crowd

She was conscious and was able to walk off the ice with some assistance.

"I've never been so relieved than when I saw her getting up and walking", said Summer Britcher, an American teammate of Sweeney's.

Team USA luger Emily Sweeney was knocked out of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympic Games following a terrifying crash in the final heat.

She was taken to hospital for assessment.

The raucous crowd went silent as Sweeney was slow to get up.

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

"I'm going to go get an X-ray on my back after this, but I wanted to have the last word".

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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.

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

The on-site doctor said that Sweeney was "banged up" but had no broken bones following the crash, USA Today reported. Crashes, however, have not come as often as they did in the 2006 and 2010 Games, both of which left athletes openly complaining about track safety.

"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.

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

German lugers Natalie Geisenberger and Dajana Eitberger won the gold and silver in the event, while Alex Gough of Canada took the bronze.

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