The final act

In one event, Pastrana goes from injured human to superhero

Updated: August 1, 2011, 2:19 AM ET
By Alyssa Roenigk | ESPN.com

Sunday evening, Superman's smile returned.

An hour before the X Games RallyCross final, Travis Pastrana was lying in his Subaru team trailer, his splinted and wrapped right leg propped on a table. He was exhausted and in pain -- far from the thumbs-up flashing 27-year-old with the indomitable smile his fans have come to know and expect. "Am I glad I decided to drive today? I can't really answer that right now," he said, the usual vigor missing from his voice. "But I think it's the ...

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