American luger Emily Sweeney silences Winter Olympics crowd with horrific crash

American luger Emily Sweeney silences Winter Olympics crowd with horrific crash

American luger Emily Sweeney silences Winter Olympics crowd with horrific crash

American Emily Sweeney crashed in her final run at the 2018 Winter Olympics, knocking her out of the competition.

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

On Tuesday night in PyeongChang, luger Emily Sweeney was in 14th place after three runs, and it was during her fourth shot that the unfortunate crash went down.

She initially put her feet down to slow her progress but quickly began to rock back and forth at more than 60 miles per hour.

Sweeney lost control at curve 12 of the Alpensia Sliding Centre track before falling off her sled and crashing against the sides.

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"It's not always pretty", Sweeney wrote. 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 knew I wanted to continue being an athlete, but I didn't want to only be an athlete". She was taken to a hospital as a precautionary measure. She narrowly missed a spot at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.

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.

After a delay of approximately 10 minutes, competition resumed and Germany's Natalie Geisenberger won the gold medal, as she did in Sochi four years earlier.

The Associated Press contributed to this reported.

Spectators and viewers expressed their concern via social media as many feared the United States athlete had hit her head and neck.

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