AMERICAN luger Emily Sweeney crashed out of the PyeongChang Olympics on Tuesday, losing control of her sled midway through the final run of the competition. "USA's Emily Sweeney crashes in luge, heading to hospital", CNN's Will Ripley tweeted.
US luger Emily Sweeney lost control of her sled during her final luge run at the Olympics and crashed on February 13. After a few minutes, she was seen sitting under her own power, and was soon walking without assistance, albeit gingerly.
After the crash, the luge competition was temporarily halted as medical professionals rushed in to check on Emily Sweeney, who was conscious and aware, though still not standing yet.
Saratov Airlines An-148 crashes outside Moscow
A Russian AN-148 passenger jet had crashed shortly after taking off from the Domodedovo airport in Moscow . The plane was bound for the Russian city of Orsk in the Orenburg region that borders Kazakhstan.
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.
Many in the crowd looked at the monitors, horrified. 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. Crashes, however, have not come as often as they did in the 2006 and 2010 Games, both of which left athletes openly complaining about track safety.
Sweeney, 24, is competing in her first Olympics after missing out on a spot in the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, Russia. She is also a sergeant in the USA military.