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American Erin Sweeney Crashes in Her Final Luge Run

14 February, 2018, 19:03 | Author: Rachael Silva
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Doctors reported Sweeney had only suffered "bumps and bruises".

"I'm fine", Sweeney said as she got into an ambulance.

Emily Sweeney, 24, was injured in the final run of the luge competition in Pyeonchang after crashing against a wall around Curve 9.

While she lay unmoved on the ice for some time as her understandably anxious parents watched on, she was eventually cleared by medical staff and walked away.

Sweeney is competing in her first Olympics after missing out on the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.

"I'm very sore, and pretty stiff", Sweeney added.


The track was shut as emergency staff quickly went to Sweeney's aid.

"I'm going to go get an X-ray on my back after this, but I wanted to have the last word". So thanks for all the support, you guys. Yeah, it's a bummer, for sure, and I know I'm better than that, but here we are.

Sweeney, who is also a member of the National Guard, also missed a spot in the 2010 Winter Olympics after losing a special race-off to her big sister, Megan Sweeney. Medics rushed to her side right after the crash to check on her. She was taken to a hospital as a precautionary measure.

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

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. According to the Associated Press, track workers tweaked the curve in the past year to make it a little more manageable.

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