This is heartbreaking – but, thankfully, the daughter is OK.
We had a really scary moment at the Winter Olympics today. A female American luger had a terrifying crash during her run.
Emily Sweeney, a 24-year-old United States Olympian from Maine, crashed during her single run this morning. The American lost control of her sled in the ninth curve — known as the the most-dangerous in the course – and swerved a couple of times. She eventually fully lost control and crashed.
The crowd, which included Sweeney’s mother, was obviously horrified. It looked bad.
Thankfully, it looked much worse than it actually was. Sweeney was down on the track for a couple of minutes, but she eventually got up and walked off under her own power.
Sweeney was put into an ambulance, but she reportedly told people around her she was “fine.” As of a couple of hours ago, she was still at the hospital, but had no broken bones. She was still walking fine and was likely in concussion protocol.
“I’m very sore and pretty stiff,” Sweeney told NBC. “I’m going to get an X-ray on my back after this, but I wanted to have the last word. So thanks for all the support, you guys. It’s a bummer, for sure, and I know that I’m better than that. But here were are. It happens.”
Footage of the actual crash can be seen here. The reaction from Sweeney’s mother can be seen below. It’s pretty heartbreaking.
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Our thoughts and prayers are with Emily and her family as she continues to recover. Hopefully she can be back in 2022 and go for a medal.