Sport: Champion Cowboy

"If you're in perfect timing with a bronco," says Bill Linderman, 33, the champion All-Around Cowboy of the U.S., "it's no more strain than rowing a boat." Before keen-eyed rodeo fans in San Antonio last week, Champion Linderman gave a demonstration.

His mount, an untamed sorrel, exploded from the rodeo chute, rearing and chopping at the air, twisting its body with a whiplike motion, then settled down to a series of earth-pounding bucks. Champion Bill Linderman gripped with his thighs, with practiced nonchalance raked the sorrel's sides with his spurs, timing the raking motion...

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