Tim O’Connell Reveals The Extent of His Previous Tailbone Injury and Journey To The 2021 NFR

Three-time World Champion Tim O’Connell has made a full recovery after undergoing a life changing surgery just 100 days before the start of the 2021 National Finals rodeo.

O’Connell suffered from a broken tailbone in August of 2021 while competing in Lovington, New Mexico. Due to the extent of the injury Dr. Tandy Freeman ultimately made the decision to have O’Connell’s tailbone removed completely to avoid further internal damage.

“The theme was going into the NFR that I really worked by tail off for that one,” O’Connell said.

O’Connell was able to begin preparing for his eighth trip to the National Finals Rodeo on time and is currently back to feeling 100 percent as he sits in the No. 3 spot for the World Standings.

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