She was immediately checked by medics for injuries.
Sweeney was visibly hurting after the crash. Curve 9 is one of the toughest curves in the luge competition. She fell off the sled, then slid down the track, landing in a heap.
Team USA luger Emily Sweeney was knocked out of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympic Games following a terrifying crash in the final heat. Medics rushed to her side right after the crash to check on her.
Sweeney is hardly the first luger to be thrown off by the turn.
While flying down the luge track at 70 miles per hour, Sweeney's sled wobbled out of control, eventually turning her sideways.
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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. "The crowd was stunned and went silent".
She suffered no broken bones during the crash, and she was taken to the hospital as a precautionary measure.
Luge is an extremely risky sport. She's a junior world champion, and her older sister Megan is a former Olympic luger. He hit an unprotected steel pillar and died at a nearby hospital.
"What we were concerned about is whether we would see her walking at all again, the best medical teams got to her and after a number of minutes the good news Emily is up on her feet". Upon exiting the course, she received a standing ovation from the other lugers and was even able to say, "I'm fine", which, if you weren't crying already, certainly sealed the deal. "I wanted something else to pursue beyond my athletic career".