U.S. luger Emily Sweeney taken to hospital after crash on final run

American Luger Emily Sweeney Knocked Out of Olympics After Terrifying Crash

While she lay unmoved on the ice for some time as her understandably anxious parents watched on, she was eventually cleared by medical staff and walked away.

"I've never been so relieved than when I saw her getting up and walking", said Summer Britcher, an American teammate of Sweeney's.

It took several minutes for Sweeney to get to her feet, then several more before she could finally start a slow walk to the finish area - surrounded by team and on-site medical personnel.

The track was shut as emergency staff quickly went to Sweeney's aid.

Sweeney is in her first Olympics.

They walked away from the luge track one after the next, the three leading women of American luge, each disappointed and shaken in her own way.

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"I'm going to go get an X-ray on my back after this, but I wanted to have the last word".

She was in her fourth run and in curve 9 when she lost control of the sled, bounced around and crashed. According to NBC Connecticut anchor Kevin Nathan, Emily "is very sore, but she does not have any broken bones". So thanks for all the support, you guys. She just missed out on a spot in the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, Russia. It's a bummer, for sure, and I know that I'm better than that. She was taken to a hospital as a precautionary measure.

A Sergeant in the New York Army National Guard, Emily Sweeney fought for years to make her Winter Olympics debut.

"I don't think Curve 9 is unsafe, but I am anxious because it's technical", Mazdzer said in a video for NBC, explaining how it can throw a luger off by tenths of a second, which can be the difference in a medal.

After a brief delay, the competition resumed.

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