The rise and fall of Olympic rodeo

It didn't seem like the craziest idea. After all, prior Olympic Games had included tug-of-war and ski ballet, even an ill-fated push for motor boating. Equestrian sports had been included since 1900.

So why not rodeo?

The fleeting push to include rodeo in the Winter Olympics all started in 1986 with a saddle bronc rider named Winston Bruce. Described by the Calgary Herald as "the man who would become famous for making the Calgary Stampede an event known around the world," Bruce had a knack...


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