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JB Mauney rides Shippy/Tricker's Polar Vortex for 86.75 during the first round of the Built Ford Tough series World Finals
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No Regrets For Mauney

Dec 132017

Some people questioned whether J.B. Mauney would regret having competed at the World Finals.

In stunning fashion, the two-time World Champion bull rider returned to competition more than two months earlier than expected.

Yet, as one would expect, the 30-year-old from North Carolina surprised no one and yet everyone at the same time when he rode his first bull in the opening round.

Unfortunately, he struggled the rest of the week in Las Vegas.

Physically he just wasn’t himself.

But regret still isn’t something he’s familiar with.

“No sir,” said Mauney, who has had a month to recover, relax and contemplate where he’s at in terms of preparing for the 2018 season.

“I can live with trying, but I can’t live with thinking what if. And, yeah, it was a good test."

Mauney underwent surgery to his right shoulder on July 18.

Four days earlier, in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, he completely tore his entire rotator cuff clean off the bone as well as tearing his labrum, bicep and even broke his shoulder.

Some people – many of the same ones who thought he would regret returning too soon – had initially wondered if it was a career-ending surgery.

Six hours and 13 anchors later, Dr. Tandy Freeman had completely rebuilt Mauney’s shoulder.

He was expected to miss a full six months.

Those who knew him best knew he would be in New York for the start of the 2018 season at the Monster Energy Buck Off at the Garden. This will be the PBR’s 12 consecutive year of competing at Madison Square Garden.

 

And, yes, Mauney will certainly be there.

 

Just as he was at T-Mobile Arena less than four months after his surgery. He wasn’t about to miss the World Finals.

 

“I need to build the muscle up more,” Mauney admitted, “or I’m gonna have to change my riding style.”

 

His style has been “loose and cool” since he made his debut on the elite televised tour in 2006.

 

He’s now qualified for the Finals 12 consecutive times and, until this year, he finished in Top 10 of the world standings 10 consecutive years. Eight of those years he was in the Top 5 and twice he’s won the Finals event average, including 2013 when he won the first of his world titles. He won his second gold buckle in 2015.

 

Mauney is currently the richest western sports athlete having banked more than $7.2 million dollars in his career.

 

In 2018, he’s expected to become only the third rider in PBR history to surpass 500 qualified rides at the elite televised level of competition and the Monster Energy rider could likely accomplish that feat in New York with his Monster Energy sponsors on hand.

 

In the meantime, Mauney took the past few weeks to himself.

 

He needed to rest and relax.

 

Mauney said, “I feel good. I’m gonna start therapy again this week.”

 

He’s ready for 2018 and so too are his fellow Monster Energy teammates Robson Palermo, Gage Gay, Guilherme Marchi, Chase Outlaw and Derek Kolbaba.

 

Kolbaba finished second in the world, while Outlaw was sixth.

 

They will be side-by-side in New York the first weekend in January.

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