Winter Olympics 2018: US star Emily Sweeney injured in horror 68mph luge crash, as mother watches on in tears. There was no immediate word on the nature of Sweeney's injury but she was able to walk toward the finish about 10 minutes after the crash. AMERICAN luger Emily Sweeney has been left injured, after suffering a brutal 68mph crash while her mother watched on in tears. There was no immediate word on the nature of Sweeney's injury but she was able to walk toward the finish about 10 minutes after the crash. She was said to be moving very gingerly and with some assistance from team and on-site medical personnel with family looking at TV screens to see if their loved-one was OK. Sweeney, 24, lost control around Curve 9, the track's most treacherous spot, and then began careening all over the track. She wound up sliding feet-first up one curve toward the track roof before getting thrown from her sled and eventually tumbling to a stop. Sweeney remained on the ice for several minutes, then was able to sit on the track wall while medical personnel tended to her. The crowd at the Alpensia Sliding Center which had been raucous all night immediately went silent while waiting for any sign that Sweeney was fine. Curve 9 has been a problem for sliders throughout the early portion of the Olympics, causing many to skid, lose control and lose some time. 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 serious injury.
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