The 2018 Winter Games in PyeongChang, South Korea have been largely without incident so far by way of injuries, but US luger Emily Sweeney fell victim to a particularly risky crash that easily could have resulted in debilitating pain.
Sweeney was hospitalized after the crash, NBC Olympics reported.
Sweeney was in her fourth run and in curve 9 when she bounced around the track before crashing.
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She initially put her feet down to slow her progress but quickly began to rock back and forth at more than 60 miles per hour.
Travelling at speeds in excess of 110km/h, Sweeney lost control at the track's most treacherous spot at curve nine as her mum Sue, family, friends and fans watched on in horror.
Luge involves one person on a sled hurtling down a track and Sweeney was on her final run of the day.
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Sweeney hit the turn at over 60 miles per hour, trying to use her feet to slow down her descent, but to no avail.
"I'm very sore, and pretty stiff", Sweeney added. So thanks for all the support, you guys. A USA Luge official said she was taken to a clinic at the Olympic Village for evaluation. She narrowly missed a spot at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.
"Curve 9 is extremely challenging, and the people that can [handle it] four times, will have the best shot at an Olympic medal". "I don't know. We'll see", she said.
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After a delay of approximately 10 minutes, competition resumed and Germany's Natalie Geisenberger won the gold medal, as she did in Sochi four years earlier.