American Emily Sweeney walks away after scary Olympic luge crash

Sheri Evans
February 14, 2018

The women's singles luge competition Tuesday at the Olympics was marred by a scary crash.

The diagnosis was that Sweeney had only some bumps and bruises.

Sweeney refused a stretcher and was able to walk to a waiting ambulance where she was taken to hospital for assessment.

"I'm fine", she said 20 minutes later, wiping tears, telling the half-dozen people around her that she didn't want to go to the hospital.

Officials stopped competition while medical personnel entered the track to tend to Sweeney, who remained prone before walking off the ice to applause from the crowd and her competitors. 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. I'm going to get an X-ray on my back after this, but I wanted to have the last word.

Luge involves one person on a sled hurtling down a track and Sweeney was on her final run of the day. "Thank you all so much for the supportive messages".

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"I know I have a lot of support and I'm sorry that's how it ended".

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.

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.

Later in the final run, Britcher lost control at the start and collided with a few walls - but got down the track without crashing or sustaining serious injury.

The track was then reopened, with German star Natalie Geisenberger claiming the gold medal for the event.

The Associated Press contributed to this reported.

Other reports by TheSundaySentinel

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