Emily Sweeney crashes on final run, says she "is fine"

15 February, 2018, 02:47 | Author: Conrad Doyle
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The 2018 Winter Games in PyeongChang, South Korea have been largely without incident so far by way of injuries, but USA luger Emily Sweeney fell victim to a particularly risky crash that easily could have resulted in debilitating pain.

On Tuesday night in PyeongChang, luger Emily Sweeney was in 14th place after three runs, and it was during her fourth shot that the unfortunate crash went down. She was taken to the hospital for evaluation.

Sue Sweeney, centre, the mother of Emily Sweeney of the United States, cries out as her daughter crashes on the final run during the women's luge final.

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Sweeney was conscious, and she eventually got up and walked off the ice under her own power, though she was moving gingerly. She got sideways out of 9, and started oscillating up and down 12, before her feet hit the roof, coming back down on her neck and head it looked like.

Thankfully she was able to walk away from the crash.

Sweeney hit the turn at over 60 miles per hour, trying to use her feet to slow down her descent, but to no avail.

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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.

Once she was clear of the course, competition resumed. She is also a sergeant in the US military.

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Competition was suspended while medical officials attended to Sweeney.


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