"I've never been so relieved than when I saw her getting up and walking", said American teammate Summer Britcher, choking back tears.
Sweeney began to lose control coming into the turn 9 and bounced off both sides of the track, coming off her sled.
Sweeney hit the turn at over 60 miles per hour, trying to use her feet to slow down her descent, but to no avail. 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.
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Luge involves one person on a sled hurtling down a track and Sweeney was on her final run of the day. "I thought it was a great avenue of opportunity", Emily said about joining the military.
After a brief delay, the competition resumed.
Geisenberger won gold by maintaining the lead she took into the day.
The other two US lugers, Erin Hamlin and Britcher, placed sixth and 19th, respectively. The women's luge singles event is composed of four runs split over two days.
Members of USA Luge hold their breath after Emily Sweeney's crash.
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