“Why is it that almost 25 years later, the loss of Lane Frost is still so strong? I think it’s because Lane Frost was what I wanted to be. He was what every one of us wanted to be. Lane dedicated his life to excellence. Complaining was not a part of his life. He said if he won a world championship he was going to do something special with it, and he did. He was an uncommonly kind and gentle man. He was a champion in the arena, and a champion in life” (Michael 1).
These were not only George Michael’s words, but the words and thoughts of everyone who met or knew Lane. Lane Frost influenced many people when he was alive, and he continues to influence people today through his hard work, kind words, and good example.
Lane Frost was born in La Junta, Colorado on October 12, 1963, while his dad was still competing in the rodeo circuit. Lane grew up with a desire to ride bulls. He was showing an interest in the sport as young as 5 months. His mom, Elsie Frost, said that whenever they went to rodeos Lane would always fight to stay awake to watch the bull riding. If they tried to leave before it was over, he would scream and cry and throw a huge fit (Frost 1). At the age of five Lane started riding dairy calves on the family dairy farm in Vernal, Utah. He rode calves and steers when he was younger, entering and competing in any rodeo he could. In 1978, when Lane was 15 years old, his family moved to Lane, Oklahoma. There he began to compete regularly in bull riding, and in 1981 he won the National High School Rodeo bull riding championship. Lane graduated from Atoka High school in 1982. He was offered rodeo scholarships from many different colleges, but he turned them down and decided to pursue a professional bull riding career instead. That’s where the story of Lane’s legend begins.
Lane was known for always working hard and getting the job done. He would help anyone who needed it without hesitation. He was willing to stay after any rodeo and give kids tips about bull riding. He would drop whatever he was doing if someone said they needed help; he always put his friends and family above himself. His mom said,
“Lane was never a problem as a kid, because he always wanted to stay busy. He loved to work. He was never one to sit in front of a TV. Lane went with Clyde quite a bit, no matter how early he left the house, and was always trying to outdo him, whether it meant trying to shovel feed to the cows faster or whatever. Lane always worked his heart out” (Frost 1).
His sister Robyn told a story of how Lane wanted to build a bull riding arena on their property. His dad told him he could do it, but they had to cut down several big trees first. Clyde, his dad, thought that it would take Lane and his friends all summer just to get the trees down, but he went on vacation for a week and when he got back all the trees were down and mostly cut up. His dad was really impressed with how hard the kids worked that week to do something they really wanted to do...