Cody Ohl rebounded from an aggressive mistake with a record-setting run in the third round of the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, and hopes that momentum carries through his final seven days of the sport’s Super Bowl.
Ohl broke the barrier in round two – incurring a 10-second penalty that kept him from placing third – but responded with a 6.7-second run Saturday before 17,694 fans at the Thomas & Mack Center. That gave him a huge shot of confidence.
“It really gives me a lot,” Ohl said. “Today, I was kind of down on myself and kicked myself a little bit, and this is exactly what I need for the last seven rounds. I need to feed off of this and get everything back rolling. I spotted them a little bit breaking that barrier last night, so now I have to start getting some of that back.”
The win didn’t come easily for Ohl, as red-hot Shane Hanchey tied his Round 3 record of 6.9 seconds – which Ohl previously shared with Tuf Cooper – to take the early lead. Ohl trumped it a short time later, as has been his habit on the third night of the Finals.
“It’s awesome,” said Ohl, a six-time world champion who is seeking his first title in seven years. “I have the arena (Thomas & Mack) record at 6.5, and I was pretty confident that I could’ve gotten that (Friday night), but I just unfortunately got that barrier by about an inch or two. I wasn’t going to change anything because I know it was just a little bad luck. I just ran at the barrier the same tonight and I blew it out of there and everything worked perfectly.” Continue Reading