American luger Emily Sweeney was involved in a terrifying crash during her fourth run at the luge today, but was able to walk away virtually unscathed. As she was helped into an ambulance, Sweeney reportedly assured spectators, "I'm fine".
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.
Sweeney, 24, had problems with curves 8 and 9 in the course before she crashed, said USA Luge on Facebook.
The raucous crowd went silent as Sweeney was slow to get up.
Emily Sweeney's Olympic debut ended with a frightening crash Tuesday in PyeongChang, South Korea.
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"I'm going to go get an X-ray on my back after this, but I wanted to have the last word". It's a bummer, for sure, and I know that I'm better than that.
Sweeney, who is also a member of the National Guard, missed out on a spot on the 2010 Winter Olympics team after losing a special race-off - to her big sister. A USA Luge official said she was taken to a clinic at the Olympic Village for evaluation.
"I don't think Curve 9 is unsafe, 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.
However, despite avoiding serious injury, Sweeney was knocked out of the Games.
After a brief delay, the competition resumed. According to the Associated Press, track workers tweaked the curve in the past year to make it a little more manageable.