American Luger Emily Sweeney Walks Away From Terrifying Crash

American Luger Emily Sweeney Walks Away From Terrifying Crash

American Luger Emily Sweeney Walks Away From Terrifying 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.

While flying down the luge track at 70 miles per hour, Sweeney's sled wobbled out of control, eventually turning her sideways.

She was conscious and was able to walk off the ice with some assistance.

According to doctors on-site, Sweeney was "banged up", but she didn't suffer any broken bones in the incident, according to USA Today.

"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.

United States luger Emily Sweeney suffered a frightening crash Tuesday at the women's singles competition during the Winter Olympics.

"I'm very sore, and pretty stiff", she said to NBC's Lewis Johnson. I'm going to get an X-ray on my back after this, but I wanted to have the last word.

"I know I have a lot of support and I'm sorry that's how it ended". But here were are. She just missed out on a spot in the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.

A Sergeant in the New York Army National Guard, Emily Sweeney fought for years to make her Winter Olympics debut.

Watch Sweeney's crash in the videos below, but please note that some viewers may find the footage distressing. According to an online broadcast, she was taken to a hospital.

"Curve 9 is extremely challenging, and the people that can [handle it] four times, will have the best shot at an Olympic medal".

The crash came on the treacherous stretch of the course from Turn 12 to Turn 9, where multiple athletes have faltered on this course.

However, despite avoiding serious injury, Sweeney was knocked out of the Games.

Americans are still only on the fringe of the women's luge world, where Germany again dominated Tuesday night, with Natalie Geisenberger defending her Olympic gold medal.

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