US snowboarding has announced that Jackie Hernandez has suffered a concussion, following a fall during a seeding run, according to Lindsay Jones of USA Today:
US Snowboarding announces Jackie Hernandez suffered a concussion. She is out of the SBX comp.— Lindsay Jones (@bylindsayhjones) February 16, 2014
The 21-year-old was nearing the end of the 1,200-meter course when she fell awkwardly and hit her head onto the snowy ground.
She had to be taken off of her snowboard cross course on a sled by medical personnel after strong impact to her head left spectators concerned for her safety. Sports Illustrated's Austin Murphy describes the scene:
Big problems on women's SBX course. American Jacqueline Hernandez lands awkwardly off jump, slams head down and knocks herself unconscious.— Austin Murphy (@si_austinmurphy) February 16, 2014
The athlete appeared motionless following the accident, however, managed to sit up and communicate with medical staff before being taken from the track by sled.
This incident comes just one day after Russian skier Maria Komissarova fell and injured her back, resulting in vertebrae surgery after a tumble on the same course at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park.
According to the LA Times' Lisa Dillman, a statement is expected to be released momentarily:
Statement from US Skiing/Snowboarding with update on Jackie Hernandez, who crashed in qualifying, should be coming momentarily.— lisa dillman (@reallisa) February 16, 2014
Hernandez' fall came just minutes after Norwegian snowboarder Helene Olafsen had to be taken from the course after picking up an injury.