Published: Wed, February 14, 2018
Sports | By Brett Lawson

U.S. luger Emily Sweeney posts Instagram thanking fans for support after crash

U.S. luger Emily Sweeney posts Instagram thanking fans for support after crash

According to Yahoo Sports, Sweeney, who is competing in her first Olympic Games, lost control of her sled as she entered the ninth curve, which is the roughest in the entire course.

Sweeney, a 24-year-old from ME, was able to walk off the course under her own power.

Sue Sweeney, centre, 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.

When asked if she would return and make another run at the 2022 Winter Games in Beijing, Sweeney was unsure.

"I know I caught a good amount of air going in to (turn) 12, and I just couldn't stop it", Sweeney told NBC after the accident.

Sweeney's crash on her final run certainly looked bad. Most importantly I was able to walk away. She actually said she was okay at that point, and it was confirmed that she had no broken bones or anything of that nature, though she was then taken to the hospital for further evaluation.

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"I'm very sore, and pretty stiff", Sweeney added. She was taken to a hospital as a precautionary measure.

"Thanks for all the support, guys".

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

After a few minutes, she was seen sitting under her own power, and was soon walking without assistance, albeit gingerly.

Germany's Natalie Geisenberger won gold and American Erin Hamlin finished sixth.

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