Emily Sweeney Is OK After That Scary Olympic Luge Crash

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

Watch Sweeney's crash in the videos below, but please note that some viewers may find the footage distressing.

Amid concerned silence from the crowd, the American luger got up and walked herself off the track.

U.S. Olympian Emily Sweeney was involved in a frightening crash Tuesday on the luge track in Pyeongchang, spinning out of control during the women's singles final.

Sports reported that Sweeney was being taken to the hospital. The stands were filled with fans cheering raucously, and they immediately went silent waiting for some sort of sign that Sweeney would be all right.

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

Somehow, Emily was able to shake it off and get to her feet, refusing a stretcher as she made her way off the ice. "I thought it was a great avenue of opportunity", Emily said about joining the military. Crashes, however, have not come as often as they did in the 2006 and 2010 Games, both of which left athletes openly complaining about track safety.

Sweeney was heading down during the fourth run of the luge competition in PyeongChang when she became sideways on her toboggan.

A Sergeant in the New York Army National Guard, Emily Sweeney fought for years to make her Winter Olympics debut. Teammate Dajana Eitberger earned silver, .367 seconds behind Geisenberger's four-run combined time of 3 minutes, 5.232 seconds. She is also a sergeant in the US military. Sweeney's official result was DNF, for Did Not Finish.

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