Winter Olympics 2018: American luger Emily Sweeney crashes on final run

Sue Sweeney center 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

After falling onto the ice, Sweeney rolled down the track with her sled in tow before coming to a stop.

"I've never been so relieved than when I saw her getting up and walking", said American teammate Summer Britcher, choking back tears.

Emily Sweeney brakes after her third run during the women's luge final at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Tuesday.

Spectators and viewers at home took to social media to voice their concern for Sweeney, who they say appeared to have hit her neck and her head.

The track was shut as emergency staff quickly went to Sweeney's aid.

She avoided serious injury during her crash - but she's still out of the games.




Sweeney, a 24-year-old from ME, was able to walk off the course under her own power.

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

She was in her fourth run and in curve 9 when she lost control of the sled, bounced around and crashed. So thanks for all the support, you guys.

Sweeney, who is also a member of the National Guard, missed out on a spot on the 2010 Winter Olympics team after losing a special race-off - to her big sister.

The crash came on the treacherous stretch of the course from Turn 12 to Turn 9, where multiple athletes have faltered on this course. "I thought it was a great avenue of opportunity", Emily said about joining the military.

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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