The 2018 Winter Olympics have seen some incredible highs for USA athletes (see Chloe Kim's gold medal halfpipe, Mirai Nagasu's historic triple axel, and Adam Rippon's gorgeous Coldplay routine), but American Emily Sweeney's terrifying luge crash on her final run today gave her teammates, family, and fans a scare. She was taken to the hospital for evaluation.
Sweeney began to lose control coming into the turn 9 and bounced off both sides of the track, coming off her sled. She walked away gingerly to relieved applause. Per the Associated Press, Sweeney was further evaluated at the Olympic Village, where concern was expressed about Sweeney's back, but she wasn't being looked at for a concussion. The stands were filled with fans cheering raucously, and they immediately went silent waiting for some sort of sign that Sweeney would be all right. A stretcher was brought out, but after several tense minutes Sweeney was able to get to her feet.
Sweeney hit the turn at over 60 miles per hour, trying to use her feet to slow down her descent, but to no avail.
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Just a horrifying crash by Emily Sweeney.
The competition was briefly stopped, but resumed a short time later. Jong Jin Kim came to the United States from South Korea in 1982, so Chloe's trip to the Games in Pyeongchang has been particularly powerful for her family.
Sweeney entered the final run in 14th place, having moved up one spot following her first two runs.