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The Associated Press - Sunday Feb. 16, 2014 02:57 ET

2 snowboard cross riders taken off on stretchers

Hurt during qualifiying

Jacqueline Hernandez carried off snowboard cross course by paramedics in Sochi
American snowboarder Jacqueline Hernandez is carried by paramedics after she fell while competing in the women's snowboard cross seeding runs at the Sochi Winter Olympics on Sunday. (Franck Fife/AFP/Getty Images)
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Two women's snowboardcross riders were taken off the course on stretchers after accidents during women's Olympic qualifying on Sunday.

Jackie Hernandez of the U.S. was nearing the end of the 1,200-meter course when she was knocked unconscious after slamming her head into the snow at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park. Hernandez, 21, briefly sat up after several minutes and was communicating with medics before being transported down the mountain.

The crash came minutes after Helene Olafsen of Norway was also taken off the course with an injury.

The accidents came a day after Russian skicross racer Maria Komissarova of Russia sustained a spinal injury during training on the same slope.

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