Word With A Champ Interviews
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Trevor Brazil has earned a record 21 gold buckles signifying world championships in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association. Sage Kimzey set earning records en route to a bull riding world title his rookie year in ProRodeo. We are privileged to be able to visit with such successful athletes, that are obviously well grounded individuals.
The love of game is a a main ingredient for the success of hockey player Mike Babcock. This young man is the team captain for the Fargo Force, an established team in the American Junior Hockey League. Mike discusses the game and what it takes for him to be on his way to play collegiate hockey and beyond.
Our guest this week for Word With A Champ Is one of the greatest bullfighters in the history of the sport of rodeo and bull riding, Joe Baumgartner. Joe was elected by his peers to perform at the Wrangler NFR 14 times and the PBR World Finals 18 times. Joe takes the time to discuss his illustrious career and offer advice to anyone regarding success in anything they wish. And very classy, classy man.
Luke Branquinho of California, won his 5th Steer Wrestling World Title in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association, this past December in Las Vegas. We caught up with Luke right after his win to share his thoughts on victory. His success is amazing considering his battle and coinciding victory with diabetes.
This week we celebrate a young man by the name of Tuf Cooper who earned his third world championship in tie down roping, in the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association. We spoke to Tuf minutes after he was crowned in Las Vegas a few days ago. The discussion was all about his parents and their role in his life as an athlete, and more important, a person. It is always a pleasure to visit with a humble champion.
The Lakota Nation Invitational, a high school holiday sports classic, celebrated it’s 38th anniversary this past weekend in Rapid City, South Dakota. Brian Brewer originated the event so Oglala Lakota basketball players could find games after the violence of the American Indian Movement in 1976. Brian, the recent, former tribal chairman, from the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, is pleased with the growth and reconciliation, the event now represents.
The forth of ten performances concluded last night at the super bowl of pro rodeo, the 56th Annual Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, sanctioned by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association. Thomas and Mack Arena was sold out for the 284th performance in a row since the WNFR moved to Las Vegas 30 years ago. Indian contestants are doing well, as we cover the success of Navajo’s Cassidy Dennison, Erich Rogers, Aaron Tsiniginie; Blackfeet, Dustin Bird and Cherokee Cowboy Justin McDaniel. We visited with Tim O’Connell after his win in the Bareback bronc Riding.
Kyle McCrory of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania is a Pro BMX Racer and our guest on this weeks Word With A Champ. Kyle started when he was 8 years old and is obviously still passionate about his sport. He discusses the possibility of implementing BMX racing into any community.
Our guest on this weeks Word With A Champ Radio Show is Fran Marchand, Colville Indian cowboy from Omak Washington. Fran was recently crowned as the Indian National Finals Rodeo World Champion Saddle Bronc Rider in Las Vegas. Fran’s focus and desire to succeed are contagious as we listen to him discuss his role as a champion.
Scott Rogers, Paiute Indian cowboy, roped his way to an Indian National Finals Rodeo championship for 2014. There was no one more excited to win in Las Vegas than Scott. A hard working, family man shares his background and horsepower that lead to victory.