Maine Olympic hopefuls: Emily Sweeney crashes in final luge run


A frightening scene unfolded Tuesday night as American Emily Sweeney spun out of control during her fourth run and tumbled down the track, causing a stoppage of play during the finals of the women's singles luge competition.

The American lost control midway through her run and proceeded to bounce off the walls in terrifying fashion. She got sideways out of 9, and started oscillating up and down 12, before her feet hit the roof, coming back down on her neck and head it looked like.

Maine Olympic hopefuls: Emily Sweeney crashes in final luge run

Sweeney received medical attention immediately after the crash, but walked away on her own.

According to doctors on-site, Sweeney was "banged up", but she didn't suffer any broken bones in the incident, according to USA Today.

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The Connecticut-native was taken to a hospital.

Emily Sweeney's mum, Sue (centre), watches on in horror as her daughter crashes during her luge run.

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"I'm very sore, and pretty stiff", Sweeney added. So thanks for all the support, you guys. She walked through the mixed zone unsteadily, but told reporters, "I'm okay". Yeah, it's a bummer, for sure, and I know I'm better than that, but here we are.

Sweeney, who is also a member of the National Guard, also missed a spot in the 2010 Winter Olympics after losing a special race-off to her big sister, Megan Sweeney. She went to the hospital as precautionary meas.

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German lugers Natalie Geisenberger and Dajana Eitberger won the gold and silver in the event, while Alex Gough of Canada took the bronze.