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WHO IS KEVIN ROBINSON?

Angela Boatwright

Robinson is a 36-year-old father of two, a seven-time X Games medalist, the creator of the double flair on vert and the winner of the first gold medal in BMX Big Air. In June he broke Mat Hoffman's world record by soaring 27 feet out of a super quarterpipe.

HIS SURGEON
DR. DAVID CHAO, X Games chief medical officer and Chargers team physician
"He's had 20-plus surgeries and more than 25 concussions—more than most NFL players. He heals fast, works hard and pushes limits. If recovery time is four to six weeks, he's back in four—and at the start of the fourth week. Unless he does it in three."

HIS SPONSOR
MAT HOFFMAN, BMX icon and owner of Hoffman Bikes
"He's from Rhode Island, sings country music, is a kickboxer and bodybuilder and has so much passion in his riding. I felt his commitment the moment I met him, in 1992. That's what I look for in riders on my team: people who live life as an art and express it through BMX."

HIS BEST FRIEND
JUNIOR SEAU, Patriots linebacker
"You see Kevin in the X Games, and you'd think he's a wild man. But off the bike, Kevin's boring. For fun, we work out. I hold a 6 a.m. boot camp in front of my house. Kevin started coming when he moved to California. He craves it and keeps up with me and the youngsters."

HIS WIFE
ROBIN ROBINSON
"Kevin's a big marshmallow. His favorite movie is The Notebook."

HIS PROTÉGÉ
ANTHONY NAPOLITAN, two-time X GAMES bronze medalist
"When I was 14, Kevin was riding at my local skate park in Youngstown, Ohio. At the end of the day, he gave me his number and said, 'Anything you need, just call.' A couple of years later, he got me sponsored by Hoffman Bikes."

HIS BIG SISTER
LEIGH-ANNE ROBINSON
"When Kevin was 24, I was a radio deejay and a singer and did karaoke contests. As soon as he got to town, we knew it was karaoke night. He writes songs, too, and performed one he wrote when our dad was sick last year. When he was done, there wasn't a dry eye in the house."