Luger Emily Sweeney Knocked out of Winter Olympics After Frightening Crash

Luger Emily Sweeney Knocked out of Winter Olympics After Frightening Crash

While she lay unmoved on the ice for some time as her understandably anxious parents watched on, she was eventually cleared by medical staff and walked away.

"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.

U.S. luger Emily Sweeney was involved in a high-speed crash in the women's singles luge event at the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang on Tuesday, writes Steve Neville. But Sweeney hobbled away on her own.

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

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

The team doctor said Sweeney, 24, suffered bumps and bruises and no broken bones.

"Thanks for all the support, guys". She was taken to the hospital as a precautionary measure. According to an online broadcast, she was taken to a hospital.

Sweeney is competing in her first Olympics after missing out on the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, Russia. She narrowly missed a spot at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.

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

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.

Spectators and viewers expressed their concern via social media as many feared the United States athlete had hit her head and neck.

Germany's Natalie Geisenberger won gold and American Erin Hamlin finished sixth.

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