Horror crash during luge event shocks Winter Olympics

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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 Emily Sweeney crashed in her final run at the 2018 Winter Olympics, knocking her out of the competition.

She was taken to hospital for assessment.

Sweeney began to lose control coming into the turn 9 and bounced off both sides of the track, coming off her sled.

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Thankfully, Sweeney, who is 24 and a member of the National Guard, walked away from the accident on her own and was only "banged up", according to an on-site doctor.

Many in the crowd looked at the monitors, horrified.

She was conscious and was able to walk off the ice with some assistance.

It appeared that prior to crash, Sweeney was bracing for Curve 9 before things spiraled downward. As she was helped into an ambulance, Sweeney reportedly assured spectators, "I'm fine".

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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. After the crash, officials stopped competition until she was properly evaluated.

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

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

Only 20 women from the original field of 30 advanced to the final two runs.

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