United States luger Emily Sweeney suffered a frightening crash Tuesday at the women's singles competition during the Winter Olympics. "USA's Emily Sweeney crashes in luge, heading to hospital", CNN's Will Ripley tweeted.
Sweeney lost control on her fourth and final run, hit the wall, and ricocheted several times back and forth.
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She was able to walk toward the finish about 10 minutes after the crash, albeit very gingerly and with some assistance from team and on-site medical personnel. The stands were filled with fans cheering raucously, and they immediately went silent waiting for some sort of sign that Sweeney would be all right.
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.
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He is also the only former Olympian and led the 2006 Winter Games in scoring when the USA was eliminated in the quarterfinals. United States of America clearly chose to nap out there today and that cost them big time .
It appeared that prior to crash, Sweeney was bracing for Curve 9 before things spiraled downward.
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. After the crash, officials stopped competition until she was properly evaluated.
A Sergeant in the New York Army National Guard, Emily Sweeney fought for years to make her Winter Olympics debut.
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Alex Gough won Canada's first medal in luge, taking bronze.