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At the 2010 Vancouver Games, Slovenia's Petra Majdič showed that the brain can overcome the most excruciating pain
BADGE OF COURAGE
After winning her country's first medal in cross-country skiing, Majdič had to be carried off the course. She was unable to compete in her other events or even, for days, to walk.
1 BROKEN BONES
Unbeknownst to Majdič, her coach and her sports psychologist, she had cracked five of her ribs in her fall, one of which punctured a lung and caused it to collapse.
2 MIND OVER MISERY
Having been told that she did not have any fractures and that the pain was in her head, Majdič willed herself to withstand the physical torment and keep competing.