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Jackie Hernandez: U.S. snowboarder suffers serious concussion in qualifying

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Jackie Hernandez is an American snowboarder that had medal dreams for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, but those ended before they ever really got started. On Feb. 16, 2014, the Chicago Tribune reported that she crashed in her opening snowboard run during qualifying and ended up suffering a concussion.

The accident happened as she was nearing the end of the 1,200-meter course when she slammed her head into the snow and was knocked unconscious.

SEE: 2014 Winter Olympic medal count standings after 9th full day of final events

The 21-year-old Jackie Hernandez sat up for a few minutes and was even talking to the medics before she was transported down the mountain. It was then determined that she had suffered a concussion.

Jackie Hernandez's crash came just minutes after Helene Olafsen of Norway was also taken off the same course with an injury.

"It's always a big bummer when you see some of your friends go down and get injured and you never really know because you're kind of just sitting there," said Lindsey Jacobellis of the U.S. "I try to zone out and focus on what I've got to do."

Just one day before these two accidents, Russian skicross racer Maria Komissarova had her own and ended up with a broken spine.

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