Emily Sweeney crashes on final run, says she "is fine"

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Medical personnel rushed to her side before she finally stood up and walked roughly 10 minute after her crash, the Associated Press reports.

"I've never been so relieved than when I saw her getting up and walking", said American teammate Summer Britcher, choking back tears.

Sue Sweeney, center, the mother of Emily Sweeney of the United States, cries out as her daughter crashes on the final run during the women's luge final at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018. The stands were filled with fans cheering raucously, and they immediately went silent waiting for some sort of sign that Sweeney would be all right. "It's pretty crushing", she said after the crash. Thankfully, Sweeney was deemed okay and she was able to walk away from the accident, though no longer as part of the competition. She suffered no broken bones but was taken to the hospital as a precautionary measure.

Sweeney, 24, was on her fourth run when she tumbled down the track at turn No. 9 and crashed.

"I know I have a lot of support and I'm sorry that's how it ended". According to an online broadcast, she was taken to a hospital.

Sweeney, who is also a member of the National Guard, missed out on a spot on the 2010 Winter Olympics team after losing a special race-off - to her big sister.

Pyeongchang is Sweeney's first Olympics after missing the Sochi Games in 2014.

However, despite avoiding serious injury, Sweeney was knocked out of the Games.

The track was then reopened, with German star Natalie Geisenberger claiming the gold medal for the event.

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