US luger Emily Sweeney posts Instagram thanking fans for support after crash

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But Sweeney flashed a quick smile to reassure her fans as she walked along the track to the Olympic Village clinic for further examination.

USA luger Emily Sweeney was involved in a high-speed crash in the women's singles luge event at the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang on Tuesday, writes Steve Neville.

According to Yahoo Sports, Sweeney, who is competing in her first Olympic Games, lost control of her sled as she entered the ninth curve, which is the roughest in the entire course.

Just a horrifying crash by Emily Sweeney.

Thankfully she was able to walk away from the crash.

Sweeney began to lose control coming into the turn 9 and bounced off both sides of the track, coming off her sled. "Thank you all so much for the supportive messages". She suffered no broken bones but was taken to the hospital as a precautionary measure. "I knew I wanted to continue being an athlete, but I didn't want to only be an athlete". According to an online broadcast, she was taken to a hospital.

CNN reports that Sweeney, who is also a member of the National Guard, missed out on a spot on the 2010 Winter Olympics team after losing a special race-off - to her big sister.

"I don't think Curve 9 is risky, 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 delay of approximately 10 minutes, competition resumed and Germany's Natalie Geisenberger won the gold medal, as she did in Sochi four years earlier.

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