Olympics: Scary crash in women's luge

Sue Sweeney center the mother of Emily Sweeney of the United States cries out as her daughter crashes on the final run during the women's luge final

Sue Sweeney center the mother of Emily Sweeney of the United States cries out as her daughter crashes on the final run during the women's luge final

The 2018 Winter Games in PyeongChang, South Korea have been largely without incident so far by way of injuries, but US luger Emily Sweeney fell victim to a particularly unsafe crash that easily could have resulted in debilitating pain.

U.S. luger Emily Sweeney suffered a frightening crash Tuesday at the women's singles competition during the Winter Olympics. She was taken to the hospital for evaluation.

Sweeney, 24, had problems with curves 8 and 9 in the course before she crashed, said USA Luge on Facebook.

Many in the crowd looked at the monitors, horrifed.

Somehow, Emily was able to shake it off and get to her feet, refusing a stretcher as she made her way off the ice.

Sweeney lost control around Curve 9, the track's most treacherous spot, and then began careening all over the track.

Emily Sweeney's mum, Sue (centre), watches on in horror as her daughter crashes during her luge run.

"I know I caught a good amount of air going in to (turn) 12, and I just couldn't stop it", Sweeney told NBC after the accident.

Later in the final run, Britcher lost control at the start and collided with some walls - but got down the track without crashing or serious injury.

Competitors had been warned about the dangers of curve nine and the track was shut as emergency staff quickly rushed to her aid.

Alex Gough won Canada's first medal in luge, taking bronze.

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

Competition was suspended while medical officials attended to Sweeney.

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