Maine Olympic hopefuls: Emily Sweeney crashes in final luge run

Tonya Becker
February 15, 2018

She was in her fourth run and in curve 9 when she lost control of the sled, bounced around and crashed.

Medical personnel clambered onto the track to attend to Sweeney as a hush fell over the crowd and NBC television cameras avoided showing the fallen luger. Thankfully, Sweeney was deemed okay and she was able to walk away from the accident, though no longer as part of the competition.

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.


"The final run of women's singles luge is now ongoing, but it has been marred by a very scary moment, as USA's Emily Sweeney suffered a nasty crash and did not finish".

Sweeney hit the turn at over 60 miles per hour, trying to use her feet to slow down her descent, but to no avail.

Sweeney lost control around Curve 9, the track's most treacherous spot, and then began careening all over the track. 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. After the crash, officials stopped competition until she was properly evaluated.


The 24-year-old, who is competing in her first Olympics, was initially diagnosed with bumps and bruises. Teammate Dajana Eitberger earned silver, .367 seconds behind Geisenberger's four-run combined time of 3 minutes, 5.232 seconds.

The other two US lugers, Erin Hamlin and Britcher, placed sixth and 19th, respectively.


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