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Tyus Olson

Age: 17

Family: Dad: Billy, Mom: Toni, Brothers: Trevor and Colby

Rodeo Event(s): Steer wrestling, Tie-down roping and Team Roping

What is your future in the sport of rodeo? Where would you like to see it go? I plan to rodeo until I can't do it anymore, and after that I'll still probably rope steers. I would like to see myself be competitive at the pro-level. It would also be nice if I could use my rodeo to help pay for some of my college expenses.

What is your ultimate goal as you continue competing in rodeos? My ultimate goal, which is a long-shot, would be to win the triple crown, 3 world championships in 1 year.

Favorite aspect of rodeo: Being able to compete with friends, and I also really like that it is an individual sport. You get to make yourself however good you want to be.

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Best rodeo memory: Winning my first saddle.

Notable achievements in the sport: '09 4-H State Champion Jr. Boys Goats; '10 SDJHRA Rookie of the Year, Boy's All-Around, Qualified for the Nat'l Finals in Gallup as the high-point earner in Goats, Breakaway, Team Roping with Rickie Engesser, and Ribbon Roping with Karlee Peterson, '11 multiple event qualifier to the Jr. High Finals, and 1st go Goat Tying Champion; '12 SDHSRA state qualifier; '13 SDHSRA state qualifier in all 3 events, Runner-up team roping champions SD 4-H finals, Sheridan Elks Youth Runner-up Sr. All-around, Invited to the SDRA Fall Extravaganza and the 2014 20x rodeo. 2x qualifier to the NLBRA finals.Roughstock competitors:

Tell us about your horse(s): Buttons is 21. He is the horse I learned to rope on. Now I use him as one of my calf horses. Mater is 6, he is my heel horse who I just got last summer from Kevin and Ashly Jaeger. Meathead (21) is really my grandpa's horse but both me and my dad rope calves on him. Frosty (16) is my bulldogging horse. He used to be a head horse with no rate, so we sent him to Allen Good to be trained to dog on.

Have you attended any rodeo schools? If so, which ones? I have been to Allen Good's bulldogging school, and to Brent Lewis's calf roping school in Hermosa 3 times.

What do you like to do when you're not competing? I like to fish, rope at home and play the guitar.

What's playing on your iPod/radio? Barrel Racer Land by Kenny Feidler