Olympic luger Emily Sweeney crashed today, February 13th, while on her final run during the women’s singles luge competition. The 24-year-old Maine native apparently lost control while on Curve 9 of the track — a portion that had given many competitors trouble. She reportedly hit both her head and her feet after skidding sideways.
A hush fell over the crowd as medics quickly made their way over to Sweeney. She was eventually able to stand and carefully walk on her own — to many cheers.
Teammate Summer Britcher was nearly in tears after the crash, telling reporters, “I’ve never been so relieved than when I saw her getting up and walking.”
However, will Emily Sweeney be okay?
As of right now, it seems Sweeney only has some bumps and bruises, but she will be taken to the hospital for a full checkup.
Luging is a notoriously dangerous Olympic sport, as athletes travel at extremely high speeds with relatively little equipment or protection. Nodar Kumaritashvili of Georgia died in 2010 the day before the Winter Olympics began while on a practice run, and athletes have complained about the safety of the track in previous games.
We’re so glad that Sweeney seems to be doing all right after the incident, and we hope she’s released from the hospital soon.