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Jonnie Jonckowski went from dashed Olympic hopes to a bull-riding pioneer

MARK ANDERSON

AP Sports Writer

Jonnie Jonckowski didn't meekly break down gender barriers in the ever dangerous sport of bull riding, she brazenly rode through obstacles en route to becoming a Hall of Fame pioneer in the male-dominated rodeo arena.

Now, the retired Jonckowski wants to see more doors open in the sport for women, and her dream is being revived through athletes like Najiah Knight, the 17-year-old who is trying to make it to the highest level of the all-male Professional Bull Riders tour.

"Let them girls perform," Jonckowski said. "They're not going to play tackle football i...

 

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