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U.S. luger Emily Sweeney taken to hospital after crash on final run

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Emily Sweeney leaves the track after crashing. (Arnd Wiegmann/Reuters)

U.S. luger Emily Sweeney was injured Tuesday night, ping-ponging down the Olympic Slider Centre course before coming to a stop. A U.S. luge official later said no bones were broken, but she was being taken to a hospital.

As fans looked on in near-silence, competition was stopped for 10 minutes.

Sweeney walked off gingerly and was later seen in the back of an ambulance, telling officials through tears that she was okay.

Sweeney, 24, is one of three women on the U.S. team; none reached the podium on Tuesday.

In the last Olympic singles race of her career, Erin Hamlin came the closest, finishing sixth.

Hamlin, 31, was the U.S. flag bearer at the Opening Ceremonies and is the only American to capture a women’s luge singles medal, a bronze four years ago in Sochi.

The Germans continued their dominance in the women’s singles luge event, with Natalie Geisenberger capturing the gold.

Entering Tuesday, the Germans had won 19 of the previous 27 medals given out in the event.

The event was based on a cumulative time over four runs down the course, split over two days. After her first two runs, Hamlin was in fifth place, .236 seconds behind Geisenberger. She needed to pull off two near-perfect runs to catch up, but couldn’t manage the feat.

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