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It should go without saying that to be an athlete on just about any level, one must have a fairly high threshold for pain. But freeskier Bobby Brown takes it to the extreme.

Nearly three years ago in Alaska, the four-time X Games gold medalist landed the sport's first triple-cork 1260 (that's 3 1/2 rotations) two months after fracturing his pelvis and three vertebrae during a backcountry film shoot.

"It was just a way faster recovery than I thought," Brown, who will be among the 200 athletes in Aspen, Colo., competing in the 2013 Winter X Games, which air Thursday through Sunday, Jan. 24-27, on Espn, tells Zap2it. "It wasn't completely broken. It was a pretty serious fracture, and then I fractured three vertebrae in my back, and I just got cleared from the doctors and after like three months was good to go and just kind of put it out of my mind and felt great. »

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