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Being Drake McElroy

Drake McElroy doesn't officially compete in FMX contests anymore, yet he manages to stay relevant due to his creativity and forward thinking. Some might say "has-been" best describes Drake's status, but we think "living legend" is much more accurate.

Updated: May 22, 2009, 2:07 PM ET
By Garth Milan; Video By Cliff Talley | ESPN

Drake McElroy is an action sports enigma. Despite his relatively young age of 27, the Sparks, Nev., resident has traveled the world riding freestyle motocross for the better part of a decade now. And while he is still unquestionably considered a "professional" athlete, there is more to Drake than backflips, combo tricks or contest wins.

One glance at McElroy and you immediately think pro skater, musician, or eclectic hipster … but definitely not pro FMX rider. In a sport full ...

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