US Olympian suffers horror crash in Luge event

Erica Murray
February 14, 2018

The 2018 Winter Olympics have seen some incredible highs for US 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. Medics rushed to her side right after the crash to check on her. She was reportedly then taken to the hospital for further evaluation.

No other information was released.

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

Sue Sweeney, center, 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 at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

"I'm OK", she told reporters in the mixed zone. On Monday, Austrian luger Birgit Platzer fell on the turn and actually went airborne, though luckily, she, too, was alright.

"I'm very sore, and pretty stiff", she said to NBC's Lewis Johnson.

"I'm going to go get an X-ray on my back after this, but I wanted to have the last word".

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

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

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.

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