American Luger Emily Sweeney Walks Away From Terrifying Crash

Posted February 14, 2018

"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.

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.

Sweeney refused a stretcher and was able to walk to a waiting ambulance where she was taken to hospital for assessment. As Sweeney was reaching Curve 9, which has developed a reputation among Olympic lugers for being so slippery and hard to handle, she slid upward so that her feet smashed into the right (upper) wall, which sent her careening back down into the left wall.

According to the on-site doctor, Sweeney was "banged up" but had no broken bones.

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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.

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.

Sweeney lost control at curve 12 of the Alpensia Sliding Centre track before falling off her sled and crashing against the sides. A USA Luge official said she was taken to a clinic at the Olympic Village for evaluation. "I thought it was a great avenue of opportunity", Emily said about joining the military.

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