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American luger Emily Sweeney in horror crash at Winter Olympics

American luger Emily Sweeney in horror crash at Winter Olympics

The American lost control midway through her run and proceeded to bounce off the walls in terrifying fashion.

But Sweeney flashed a quick smile to reassure her fans as she walked along the track to the Olympic Village clinic for further examination.

Members of USA Luge hold their breath after Emily Sweeney's crash.

Sweeney entered the final run in 14th place, having moved up one spot following her first two runs.

"I'm OK", she told reporters in the mixed zone.

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.

"Thanks for all the support, guys". According to NBC Connecticut anchor Kevin Nathan, Emily "is very sore, but she does not have any broken bones". It's a bummer, for sure, and I know that I'm better than that. "I thought it was a great avenue of opportunity", Emily said about joining the military. She'd initially missed out on the 2010 Winter Olympics team after losing to her sister Megan, and then also missed out on the 2014 Games in Sochi, Russia. "It's pretty crushing", she said after the crash.

Sweeney is just 24 years old, though, so we can hopefully count on her returning to competition for the 2022 Winter Olympics. She went to the hospital as precautionary meas.

Germany's Natalie Geisenberger took home the gold medal once the competition resume, while American Erin Hamlin finished sixth.

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