On her final run of the women’s single luge competition in PyeongChang, 24 year old Emily Sweeney suffered a crowd-silencing crash Tuesday.
As the Team USA luger rounded Curve 9, the most dangerous section of the track, she lost control. This curve has been one of the most difficult and menacing turns during these Olympics and lugers have a tough decision to make in whether or not they should play it safe and slow down while approaching.
Unfortunately for Sweeney, there was not enough time to decide how to overcome the curve as her sled shot her feet first out and onto the ice. Sweeney tumbled and slid before she stopped in front of a paralyzed and worrisome crowd.
According to Fox News, the team doctor said, Sweeney suffered bumps and bruises and no broken bones. She was taken to the hospital as a precautionary measure.
“I am very sore and pretty stiff,” Sweeney told NBC after later in the day, “It’s a bummer, for sure, and I know that I’m better than that. But here we are — it happens.”