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25 Years Ago Today We Lost Lane Frost [VIDEOS]

Aaron Watson via YouTube

Today marks the 25th anniversary of Lane Frost‘s death at the Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo in Cheyenne Wyoming.

Frost, a World Champion Bull Rider at the young age of 24, died after a successful ride in Cheyenne when his ribs were broken by the bull he had just ridden, ‘Takin’ Care of Business.’ The film 8 Seconds was released in 1994 starring Luke Perry as Lane Frost tells the story of his life.

While many artists have written songs about Frost, Aaron Watson’s video for July in Cheyenne also tells the story.

A documentary was produced about his legendary rides on a bull that had previously unseated 309 riders, Red Rock. Red Rock was voted the Bucking Bull of the Year in 1988, the same year that Frost won the world championship.

The Challenge of Champions: The Story of Lane Frost & Red Rock, tells the tale of the seven times they met, and the four times Lane was successful.

Lane Frost’s legacy in Bull Riding is present today in many forms. First in the form of the protective vests all bull riders wear, the medical team for the PBR league is named after Frost, as is the Lane Frost/Brent Thurman Award, given for the highest scoring ride at the PBR World Finals.

Frost is still inspiring cowboys today. His distant cousin, Joe Frost, recently told the Wyoming Tribune Eagle, ”I always say that if I could go back in time and meet anybody, I would want to meet my grandpa and Lane,” Joe says. “He was somebody who everybody loved. He talked to everybody. I try to do that because without the fans, we wouldn’t be where we are as a sport today.”

 

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