American luger Emily Sweeney crashed during the women's singles competition at the Winter Olympics on Tuesday, and was reportedly taken to a hospital for evaluation.
"It's not always pretty", Sweeney wrote. She was able to gingerly walk away from the course. She walked through the mixed zone unsteadily, but told reporters, "I'm okay".
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.
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The diagnosis was that Sweeney had only some bumps and bruises. She suffered no broken bones but was taken to the hospital as a precautionary measure.
"I know I have a lot of support and I'm sorry that's how it ended". The crash happened around Curve 9 of the track, with Sweeney having started to lose control of her sled moments before.
A Sergeant in the New York Army National Guard, Emily Sweeney fought for years to make her Winter Olympics debut. 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. The one who finished sixth, in the final Olympic race of her career, said she just wanted to go to bed and sleep.
Another tearjerker was super-teen Chloe Kim's father's reaction to her incredible gold medal-winning run on the halfpipe course on Monday.