United States luger Emily Sweeney taken to hospital after crash on final run

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American luger Emily Sweeney was taken to hospital after a horrific crash at the Winter Olympics in PyeongChang.

According to the on-site doctor, Sweeney was "banged up" but had no broken bones.

While flying down the luge track at 70 miles per hour, Sweeney's sled wobbled out of control, eventually turning her sideways. Upon exiting the course, she received a standing ovation from the other lugers and was even able to say, "I'm fine", which, if you weren't crying already, certainly sealed the deal.

On Tuesday night in PyeongChang, luger Emily Sweeney was in 14th place after three runs, and it was during her fourth shot that the unfortunate crash went down.

This was the first Olympics for Sweeney, who missed out on a spot in the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.

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Sweeney began to lose control coming into the turn 9 and bounced off both sides of the track, coming off her sled. 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.

"I'm very sore and pretty stiff", Sweeney told NBC. It's a bummer, for sure, and I know that I'm better than that. A USA Luge official said she was taken to a clinic at the Olympic Village for evaluation.

The crash came on the treacherous stretch of the course from Turn 12 to Turn 9, where multiple athletes have faltered on this course.

The track was then reopened, with German star Natalie Geisenberger claiming the gold medal for the event. According to the Associated Press, track workers tweaked the curve in the past year to make it a little more manageable.

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