The bucking chute is made of reinforced steel and for those who have climbed on the backside of a bucking bull, they know all-too-well it is the most dangerous place in a rodeo arena.
For defending World Champion Jose Vitor Leme, he severely twisted his left ankle in Round 3 of last weekend’s elite televised PBR event in Sioux Falls, North Dakota, when it was pinned between a 1,800-pound bull and the steel fencing.
It is the same ankle he broke earlier this season. But, the injury did not keep him from competing.
In fact, despite a noticeable limp, Leme put together a pair of back-to-back 90-plus point rides on Sunday afternoon to win the event and move within 100 points of the No. 1 ranking in the PBR world standings.