United States luger Emily Sweeney suffered a frightening crash Tuesday at the women's singles competition during the Winter Olympics. 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 is competing in her first Olympics after missing out on the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.
But after a few minutes down on the track, Sweeney refused a stretcher and was able to get to her feet and walk off to the waiting ambulance.
According to the on-site doctor, Sweeney was "banged up" but had no broken bones. She was taken to the hospital as a precautionary measure.
Emily Sweeney's Olympic debut ended with a frightening crash Tuesday in PyeongChang, South Korea. "I'm very sore, and pretty stiff", she said.More news: Apple's HomePod: What you need to know before buying one
"Thanks for all the support, guys". "I knew I wanted to continue being an athlete, but I didn't want to only be an athlete". But here were are. She narrowly missed a spot at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.
The 24-year-old was then whipped up the wall of the track before the impact of the crash dislodged her from the toboggan. Her dad was also spotted with a celebratory beer after his daughter's triumph, which is, as the saying goes, the ultimate "dad move".
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. "I thought it was a great avenue of opportunity", Emily said about joining the military.
German lugers Natalie Geisenberger and Dajana Eitberger won the gold and silver in the event, while Alex Gough of Canada took the bronze.