American luger Emily Sweeney hospitalized after horrific crash at Olympics

Though clearly shaken up, Sweeney ended up walking off the platform under her own power, after being claimed by the treacherous Curve 9.

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American luger Emily Sweeney avoided injury as what appeared to be a calamitous crash during the final heat of the competition on Tuesday at the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

Sweeney would walk off the platform and eventually went to the hospital for further evaluation. 

"I'm OK," Sweeney said, still clearly shaken up.

I've never been so relieved than when I saw her getting up and walking.

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Sweeney lost control going around Curve 9 - the curve that's had others questioning athletes' safety - and spun out. 

She slid feet-first up a curve, then toward the track roof and eventually off her sled before rumbling to a stop.

Fans looked on the monitors, believing she'd been seriously injured, going silent as they hoped for positive signs from Sweeney.