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Comeback Kids

Updated: November 28, 2006, 2:34 PM ET
By Kevin Carmody | PRCA

Team ropers Clay Tryan and Patrick Smith certainly had their struggles in their first Wrangler NFR together. But after five blazing runs of 4.7 seconds or less, the team found itself in the winner's circle at the end of a mind-numbing week of frustration, dejection and later record-breaking performances en route to their first gold buckles.

It wasn't the script either one would have written. In the wake of their accomplishments, however, both agree that the circuitous route was worth ...

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