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Emily Sweeney's Olympic debut ended with a frightening crash Tuesday in PyeongChang, South Korea.

Team USA luger Emily Sweeney was knocked out of the 2018 Winter Olympics after a terrifying crash during the final heat of the women's singles competition at the Pyeongchang Winter Games.

While flying down the luge track at 70 miles per hour, Sweeney's sled wobbled out of control, eventually turning her sideways.

But Sweeney flashed a quick smile to reassure her fans as she walked along the track to the Olympic Village clinic for further examination.

Many in the crowd looked at the monitors, horrified. Medical personnel rushed to her side before she finally stood up and walked roughly 10 minute after her crash, the Associated Press reports.


Emily Sweeney, 24, was injured in the final run of the luge competition in Pyeonchang after crashing against a wall around Curve 9.

Sweeney lost control around Curve 9, the track's most treacherous spot, and then began careening all over the track.

"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. 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.

"It's definitely one of the harder curves around the world", Tucker West of the US told NBC Olympics.

Sweeney entered the final run in 14th place, having moved up one spot following her first two runs.


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