On Tuesday, American luger Emily Sweeney, 24, seemed to have control as she zoomed down the track. But as the rounded the treacherous Curve 9, she began to lose control. The crowd watched in horror as she spun in circles before coming to a crashing halt.
The video shows Sweeney’s sled careening all over the track. She eventually winds up sliding feet-first up one curve toward the track roof before getting thrown and eventually tumbling to a stop.
The crowd, which Fox News described as "raucous," went instantly silent, waiting for Sweeney to rise after her fall.
They waited with baited breath for the several minutes that it took Emily Sweeney to get to her feet after the crash. It took her several more minutes before she could finally start a slow walk to the finish area. She was surrounded by team and on-site medical personnel.
The team doctor said Sweeney suffered bumps and bruises and no broken bones. She was taken to the hospital as a precautionary measure.
“I’m OK,” she told reporters in the mixed zone.
She continued, “I’m very sore and pretty stiff. I’m going to get an X-ray on my back after this, but I wanted to have the last word. So thanks for all the support, you guys. It’s a bummer, for sure, and I know that I’m better than that. But here were are. It happens.”
This was the first Olympics for Sweeney. She missed out on a spot in the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.
"Sweeney, who is also a member of the National Guard, also missed a spot in the 2010 Winter Olympics after losing a special race-off to her big sister, Megan Sweeney," added Fox.
Curve 9 has historically been a problem for sliders throughout the early portion of the Olympics. It has caused many lugers to skid, lose control, and lose some time.
"I've never been so relieved than when I saw her getting up and walking," said American teammate Summer Britcher, who was choking back tears.
Later in the final run, Britcher lost control at the start and collided with a few walls — but got down the track without crashing or sustaining serious injury.
Germany’s Natalie Geisenberger won gold and American Erin Hamlin finished sixth.
In other news, here's where the American medal count stands.