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Curve 9 of The Olympic Luge Track Causes Crash For American Emily Sweeney
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14 Feb 2018 12:55 AM EST

On Tuesday at the Winter Olympics, American luge athlete Emily Sweeney got into a scary-looking crash that she was lucky to walk away from. While flying down the luge track at 70 miles per hour, Sweeney's sled wobbled out of control, eventually turning her sideways. She fell off the sled, then slid down the track, landing in a heap. It appeared that prior to crash, Sweeney was bracing for Curve 9 before things spiraled downward. Curve 9 (or Turn 9) of the luge track has become folklore at the games. About halfway down the track, the ninth turn of 16, it's steep and requires tactical maneuvering that athletes were already preparing for before the games. According to NBC Olympics, the curve is a 45-degree turn that turns athletes to the right before making them adjust to the left coming out of it. Chris Mazdzer, who won a surprise silver in luge for the U.S., called it "super challenging," while Sweeney herself called it a "problem area."

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