Winter Olympics 2018: American Luger Emily Sweeney 'okay' After Scary Crash

It was a scary sight for American luger Emily Sweeney Tuesday in Peyongchang as she crashed during her final run of the women's singles. 

She walked away from the crash seemingly unharmed and told reporters, "I'm okay," but she was taken to the hospital as a precaution. It was reported she did not face any fractures or broken bones.  

Heading into Turn 9, which was a spot that gave many athletes trouble, Sweeney lost control of her sled and skidded out of the straight. She swerved back and forth multiple times before losing her sled and sliding down the ice. 

Horrific crash 😱. Emily Sweeney, USA, on her 4th run at the Luge. Heard she is fine and walking.#WinterOlympics #Pyeongchang2018 pic.twitter.com/nWeaFFavdh

— Patrick Yuen (@PatrickYuen_36) February 13, 2018

She was down for several minutes before she got up on her own and walked to the ambulance.

"I'm very sore, and pretty stiff," Sweeney said, per NBC. "I'm going to get an X-ray on my back after this, but I wanted to have the last word. So thanks for all the support, you guys. It's a bummer, for sure, and I know that I'm better than that. But here we are — it happens." 

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  • Witnessed Emily Sweeney’s crash at luge coming out of curve 9. A curve many sliders warned us about last year. She walked to the ambulance on her own. pic.twitter.com/sz9mdvOoJI

    — Sandy Hooper (@SandyHooper) February 13, 2018

    In her Olympic debut, Sweeney finished sixth for Team USA while Germany's Natalie Geisenberger took gold in the women's singles.

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