USA snowboarder's grandfather: She is sore and disappointed

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla -- American snowboarder Jackie Hernandez crashed in while on a course in the Olympics Sunday. Her grandparents live in St. Augustine, and after her fall, she texted them to say she was disappointed and sore.

Hernandez took a nasty fall Sunday during a seeding run at the Olympics.

She hit her head on the ground and lay motionless for a couple of minutes. Her grandfather, Angel Hernandez, said she was knocked unconscious, but she came to and was carried off the course by medical personnel.

She has a concussion but no broken bones and she was released from the hospital.

Her grandfather told First Coast News that while she is sore and disappointed, she is "mentally upbeat" and wanted to go outside and root for the men's snowboarding competition Monday.

Mr. Hernandez said, "As bad as it looked, she'll come back from it. She'll compete again."

Jackie Hernandez, 21, has support on the First Coast. Students at Ketterlinus Elementary School in St. Augustine made a banner for her, complete with handprints in red, white and blue.

Mr. Hernandez said she cannot compete until doctors clear her and that's not expected to happen before the Olympics is over.

Her grandfather has not seen the video of her crash, and he doesn't know when he will.

He said she has had a concussion before and came back. He believes she will bounce back from this as well.

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