Luger Emily Sweeney Knocked out of Winter Olympics After Frightening Crash

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The 2018 Winter Games in PyeongChang, South Korea have been largely without incident so far by way of injuries, but USA luger Emily Sweeney fell victim to a particularly risky crash that easily could have resulted in debilitating pain.

American luger Emily Sweeney crashed during the women's singles competition at the Winter Olympics on Tuesday, and was reportedly taken to a hospital for evaluation.

She was taken to hospital for assessment.

Sweeney, 24, was speeding around a curve when she lost control, bounced off the walls and flew off her sled.

Sweeney was conscious, and she eventually got up and walked off the ice under her own power, though she was moving gingerly.

Curve 9 has been a problem for sliders throughout the early portion of the Olympics, causing many to skid, lose control and lose some time.

Many in the crowd looked at the monitors, horrifed.

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Osmond of Marystown, N.L., earned a 71.38 score in the women's competition, good for third in her segment of the event. The first time they've played together was the trials in January and now they are two wins away from Olympic gold.

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.

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

Sweeney lost control at curve 12 of the Alpensia Sliding Centre track before falling off her sled and crashing against the sides.

Monday marked the eighth anniversary of the death of Georgian luger Nodar Kumaritashvili on the eve of the 2010 Winter Games in Whistler, British Columbia.

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.

The other two US lugers, Erin Hamlin and Britcher, placed sixth and 19th, respectively.

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

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