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Lane Frost

Last Ride

The Cheyenne Frontier Days, a nine-day-long event attended by tens of thousands of rodeo fans, is one of the biggest, best-known, oldest (begun in 1897), and most prestigious rodeos in the country. The bull riding championships are held on the last day of the rodeo, which was Sunday, July 30, in 1989. Frost had already completed two rides earlier in the week, and he was in second place coming into the last day. He completed his ride on a tough bull, Takin' Care of Business, on which he had failed to complete a ride at another rodeo about a month prior. At the end of the eight seconds, Frost did his trademark dismount, rolling off of the animal's left hindquarters. Normally, when this was done with the bull was charging forward, it gave Frost plenty of time to get up and away before the bull could change directions and threaten him. However, on this day the bull turned and charged almost immediately. It had rained a great deal that week, and Frost, still on his knees, could get no traction in the thick mud. The bull struck him twice. The first blow knocked him flat on the ground; the second, with one of the bull's horns, fractured several ribs and severed a major artery, although the horn did not break his skin. Frost managed to get up and run for the gate, but he collapsed and died before he reached it.

Chronology

1956 Born July 13, 1956, in LaJunta, Colorado, to Clyde and Elsie Frost
1974 Wins first rodeo awards, at the Little Buckaroos Rodeo in Uintah Basin, Utah
1977 Frost family moves to Lane, Oklahoma
1982 Graduates from Atoka High School
1983 Becomes a full member of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association
1984 Qualifies for the National Rodeo Finals for the first time
1985 Marries Kellie in Quanah, Texas, January 5
1985 Teaches his first bull-riding class
1988 Competes in the only rodeo exhibition ever held as part of the Winter Olympics
1988 Briefly separates from Kellie
1988 Becomes a born-again Christian, March 8
1989 Dies after being gored by a bull at the Cheyenne Frontier Days, July 30
1994 8 Seconds is released

Awards and Accomplishments

1978 Small Fry Rodeo
1980-82 Oklahoma Youth Rodeo
1980 Runner-up, National High School Rodeo
1981 National High School Rodeo
1982 American Junior Rodeo
1982 First Annual Youth Nationals
1983 Prairie Circuit Bull Riding Champion
1983 Received "Tough Luck" award at the Super Bull
1983 Named runner-up for Bull Rider Rookie of the Year
1985 Super Bull
1986 National Bull Riding Finals, Average Winner
1986 Runner-up, Winston Tour
1987 Pendleton Round-Up
1987 Texas Circuit Bull Riding Champion
1987 National Bull Riding Finals
1988 Olympic gold (team) and bronze (individual)
1988 Dodge National Circuit Finals
1989 Received Coors Favorite Cowboy award (posthumously)
1990 Inducted into the Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame
1990 Became first recipient of the Lane Frost Memorial Award

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