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American luger Emily Sweeney stuns screaming fans into silence when she brutally...

• By ASSOCIATED PRESS and ABIGAIL MILLER

American luger Emily Sweeney silenced a crowd at Pyeongchang on Tuesday when she frighteningly crashed into a wall during the final heat of the competition. 

Sweeney avoided serious injury in the shocking crash, sustaining just minor bumps and bruises.

'I'm OK,' Sweeney said after the run, which effectively knocked her out of the competition.

Sweeney lost control around Curve 9, the most treacherous spot, and then began careening all over the track. 

She wound up sliding feet-first up one curve toward the track roof before getting thrown from her sled and eventually tumbling to a stop.

Many in the crowd looked at the monitors, horrified. 

The stands, which were were filled with fans cheering raucously, suddenly went deafeningly silent waiting for some sort of sign that Sweeney would be all right.

It took several minutes for Sweeney to get to her feet, then several more before she could finally start a slow walk to the finish area, where she was immediately surrounded by team and on-site medical personnel.

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