During the final heat of the competition, it seemed as though American luger Emily Sweeney was golden. However, as she came around Curve 9, her luge cart lost control.
Her sled began to slide all over the place. Eventually, she was tossed from the cart.
The silence was amongst the crowd was eery as she slowly got back up.
Though it took her some time to get back on her feet, she able to walk down to the finish area. Her teammates and medical staff were there waiting for her.
According to officials, the 24-year-old did not break any bones but did sustain bumps and bruises.
The American luger says that she sore and stiff and will be having X-rays done on her back. However, she at least wanted to make it to the finish line. She is very thankful for all of the support but is glad to be alive and well.
American Luger Loses Control Of Cart
For Sweeney, this was her first time at the Olympics.
Not only did she miss out on the Olympics in 2014, but also in 2010. Her sister, Megan Sweeney beat her in a race-off.
So far, Curve 9 has been an issue for lugers. There have been plenty of slide-offs and people losing control of their cart. The most significant problem though is losing time. Crashes, on the other hand, have not been occurring as often and they did back at the 2006 and 2010 Olympic games. Athletes at the time were didn’t feel as though the track was safe.
Summer Britcher, one of her teammates felt nothing but relief after seeing Sweeney walking away from the incident.
In the final run, Britcher herself couldn’t control her cart at the start, colliding with walls. However, she was able to go down the track without sustaining any life-threatening injuries.