American luger Emily Sweeney unhurt after crashing

American luger Emily Sweeney avoided serious injury Tuesday in a frightening crash that knocked her out of the PyeongChang Olympics during the final heat of the competition.

The diagnosis was that Sweeney had only some bumps and bruises.

‘‘I’m OK,’’ she said.


Sweeney lost control around Curve 9, the track’s most treacherous spot, and then began careening all over the track. She wound up sliding feetfirst up one curve toward the track roof before getting thrown from her sled and eventually tumbling to a stop.

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Many in the crowd looked at the monitors, horrified. The stands were filled with fans cheering raucously, and they immediately went 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 — surrounded by team and on-site medical personnel.

‘‘I’ve never been so relieved than when I saw her getting up and walking,’’ said American teammate Summer Britcher, choking back tears.

These were the first Olympics for Sweeney.


Natalie Geisenberger of Germany prevailed — her second consecutive title and one that added another page to her burgeoning résumé of accomplishments.

‘‘The most of what you reach in sport is an Olympic gold medal,’’ Geisenberger said.

And now, no luger has ever won more gold than Geisenberger. It’s the third gold in her collection, the two singles wins now paired with the team relay win from the Sochi Games. That ties her with Georg Hackl and Felix Loch — both fellow Germans — for the most in Olympic history.

She'll go for a fourth gold later this week in the team relay.

Geisenberger’s winning time for four runs was 3:05.232. German teammate Dajana Eitberger was second, nearly .4 seconds back. Alex Gough was third for Canada, giving that nation its long-awaited first Olympic luge medal.


Curling — Canada won the first gold medal in mixed doubles, beating Switzerland, 10-3, in front of a roaring crowd of jubilant Canadians.

The win over the defending world champions marked a historic moment for mixed doubles, which was making its Olympic debut. Switzerland conceded the match early after falling too far behind, reaching out to shake their opponents’ hands and prompting John Morris to hoist Canadian teammate Kaitlyn Lawes into the air with glee.

Mixed doubles, the livelier cousin to traditional single-gender curling, has proven very popular with players and fans. The matches last only 90 minutes as opposed to three hours in standard curling, and there are only two players on each team instead of four.

Canada’s big play came in the third end when it had the last-throw advantage known as the hammer. Just as Lawes was preparing to throw the final stone, she called a timeout; the handle on her stone was loose and a technician hurried over to fix it. With that sorted out, Lawes launched forward, sending the rock coasting toward the house. The stone connected with the one Swiss rock left near the target, knocking it out of play and leaving Canada with four rocks within the house’s rings, adding four points to their total.

Lawes and Morris shared a spirited high-five and the crowd broke out into a chant of, ‘‘GO, CANADA, GO!’’

Switzerland struggled throughout the match. By the sixth end, it was down, 8-3. Though they had the last-throw advantage, the Swiss flubbed the shot, giving Canada a steal of two points.

Though there were still two ends to go, Switzerland saw no way to come back from the deficit and conceded the game with a handshake.

Russians Anastasia Bryzgalova and Aleksandr Krushelnitckii defeated Norway, 8-4, to capture the bronze medal.

Speedskating — Kjeld Nuis made it four gold medals in four races for the Netherlands, a run nearly beyond belief.

‘‘This is no longer normal,’’ Nuis said.

Moving in a blur of orange early on with a blistering pace, Nuis swept past his toughest opponents to take home gold in the 1,500. In second was another Dutchman — teammate Patrick Roest.

The Dutch have won eight of 12 speedskating medals, keeping them on the stunning medal pace set at the 2014 Sochi Games, when they finished with 23 out of 36.

The 22-year-old Roest raced with the ruthless abandon of an Olympic rookie and set an early time of 1:44.86 over a distance where racers either set off fast and try to hold on or pace themselves throughout.

Nuis picked the first strategy and rode it to perfection.

‘‘I went real hard from the start not to have any regrets later,’’ said Nuis, whose main worry near the end of the race was to stay upright as his powerful thighs started burning with pain. ‘‘In the last corner I was thinking, ‘Don’t fall. Don’t fall.’ ’’

He certainly didn't.

At the same time, Roest was already in the stands, over an hour after he had set the early lead. It almost was good enough for gold in his first Olympics.

‘‘The nerves were continuing to roil,’’ Roest said. ‘‘It was a long wait.’’

With lots of Dutch fans in the crowd, the top two got big cheers in the victory ceremony. But the biggest roar of all at the 8,000-capacity oval was for Kim Min-seok, the 18-year-old home skater who took bronze.

American skaters disappointed again with Joey Mantia finishing eighth and Shani Davis crossing in 19th position, leaving the United States with another bad start in the Olympics after they were shut out in Sochi.

Short-track speedskating — Choi Min-jeong skated around waving to the South Korean fans who chanted her name. Arianna Fontana grabbed the Italian flag in celebration.

This being wild and wooly short-track speedskating, the result of the women’s 500 meters waited on the judges’ decision.

Fans chanted Choi’s name, as if willing her to win the only Olympic short-track event that has eluded the powerful South Koreans. But soon Choi was leaning over the rinkside padding listening to consoling words from her coach.

It was Fontana who was celebrating, jumping up and down in her skates and shaking her fists in triumph. The Italian earned her sixth career Olympic medal, equaling Wang Meng of China for most by a short-track skater.

It was her first gold.

‘‘I was chasing it and I finally got it,’’ she said.

The outcome hung in the balance for several minutes while the referees sorted out a photo finish between Choi and Fontana.

Fontana looked to her coach for confirmation.

‘‘He said, ‘I don’t know, but you did great,’ ’’ she said.

The photo showed Fontana’s skate blade crossed barely in front of Choi's.

Fontana claimed a medal at her fourth Winter Games, joining Tania Vicent of Canada as the only female short trackers to do so.

The referees assessed a penalty to Choi that shook up the order of finish.

Yara van Kerkhof of the Netherlands took silver and Kim Boutin of Canada earned bronze.

Nordic skiing — Johannes Hoesflot Klaebo of Norway won gold in the men’s sprint, with Frederico Pellegrino of Italy getting the better of a photo finish to take silver ahead of Russian competitor Alexander Bolshunov.

Stina Nilsson of Sweden won the women’s sprint. Maiken Caspersen of Norway was second and Russian skier Yulia Belorukova took bronze.

Yet again, there was no medal for the United States. Jessica Diggins placed sixth, failing in her quest to become the first American woman to medal in cross-country skiing.