US Olympian suffers horror crash in Luge event

American Luger Emily Sweeney Knocked Out of Olympics After Terrifying Crash

She was immediately checked by medics for injuries.

Sweeney, a first-time Olympian, lost control at curve 9 of the Alpensia Sliding Centre track and crashed against the sides before falling off her sled.

The luge competition was delayed for a bit.

Travelling at speeds in excess of 110km/h, Sweeney lost control at the track's most treacherous spot at curve nine as her mum Sue, family, friends and fans watched on in horror. She fell off of her sled before rolling to a stop, as medical personnel rushed to her and the crowd held its breath.

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The 2018 Winter Olympics have seen some incredible highs for USA athletes (see Chloe Kim's gold medal halfpipe, Mirai Nagasu's historic triple axel, and Adam Rippon's gorgeous Coldplay routine), but American Emily Sweeney's terrifying luge crash on her final run today gave her teammates, family, and fans a scare.

Emily was able to walk about 10 minutes after the crash, according to the Associated Press.

The US Luge team confirmed that an x-ray revealed she hadn't suffered any breaks.

Luge is an extremely unsafe sport.

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Some of the athletes at the Olympics have experienced the turn before when they competed at the 2017 World Championships in Pyeongchang. He was violently thrown off his luge and over the sidewall of the track.

In addition to being an expert luger, Emily is a member of the Army.

"I don't think Curve 9 is risky, but I am anxious because it's technical", Mazdzer said in a video for NBC, explaining how it can throw a luger off by tenths of a second, which can be the difference in a medal. "I wanted something else to pursue beyond my athletic career".

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