Maine Olympic hopefuls: Emily Sweeney crashes in final luge run
Feb 14 2018
Emily began moving all over the track when she lost control and was thrown off her sled.
A stretcher was brought out, but after several tense minutes Sweeney was able to get to her feet.
Emily Sweeney's Olympic debut ended with a frightening crash Tuesday in PyeongChang, South Korea.
In 14th place after her third run, Sweeney was near curve nine in the final heat when she bounced up against the right wall and pinballed back and forth.
Just a horrifying crash by Emily Sweeney. "It's pretty crushing", she said after the crash. She was taken to the hospital for evaluation.
"I know I have a lot of support and I'm sorry that's how it ended".
Sweeney, 24, is competing in her first Olympics after missing out on a spot in the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, Russia. Her dad was also spotted with a celebratory beer after his daughter's triumph, which is, as the saying goes, the ultimate "dad move". 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.
Later in the final run, Summer Britcher of the United States lost control at the start and collided with some walls - but got down the track without crashing or incurring serious injury.
"Oh no, that's bad, you really hate to see that, where the athlete's feet go higher than her head".
The track was then reopened, with German star Natalie Geisenberger claiming the gold medal for the event.