Cord McCoy

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Cord McCoy
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Born Cord Jarret McCoy
(1980-08-19) August 19, 1980 (age 34)
Durant, Oklahoma, U.S.
Residence Tupelo, Oklahoma, U.S.
Nationality American
Ethnicity Irish American
Alma mater Southwestern Oklahoma State University
Occupation Rodeo
Television The Amazing Race 16 (2nd place)
The Amazing Race 18 (6th place) The Amazing Race 24 (5th place)
Website
Official website

Cord Jarret McCoy (born August 19, 1980) is an American former professional bull and saddle bronc rider who is best known as the 2nd place finisher (along with his brother Jet McCoy) on The Amazing Race 16. Jet and Cord returned to compete in the eighteenth season of The Amazing Race, finishing in 6th Place. Cord and Jet returned for The Amazing Race 24 finishing in 5th Place.

Background[edit]

McCoy was born in Durant, Oklahoma, to parents Denny McCoy, a rancher and horse trader, and Janet McCoy, a professional photographer, McCoy grew up as a cowboy[1] in the small town of Tupelo, Oklahoma.[2]

He participated in his first rodeo competition in 1985 at age 5, after becoming interested in rodeo from his family. He was the catcher on his high school baseball team and qualified for the state tournament. He was a member of the Oklahoma high school team that won a national rodeo title and was a member of the Southwestern Oklahoma State rodeo team that finished second in the nation in 2000. He graduated from Tupelo High School with 13 other people. He attended Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Weatherford, Oklahoma and achieved a bachelor's degree in Business Administration.

Professional career[edit]

McCoy joined the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) in 2001. In 2002, he qualified for the Prairie Circuit Finals Rodeo in bareback riding, saddle bronc riding and bull riding. In 2004, he won the average title at PRCA Xtreme Bulls Division II qualifying events in Clemson, South Carolina and at Old Fort Days in Fort Smith, Arkansas. Like many PRCA bull riders, McCoy also competed in the Championship Bull Riding (CBR) tour. He qualified for the CBR finals in 2005, as well as qualifying for the PRCA 's Wrangler National Finals Rodeo that same year.

In 2005, McCoy's career went more professional.

In 2006, McCoy left the PRCA and CBR to join the Professional Bull Riders (PBR) as part of the Built Ford Tough Series. He qualified for the PBR World Finals in 2006, 2008, 2009 and 2011.

The Cord McCoy Invitational is held yearly in the last week of May in Ada, Oklahoma, with Cord being the star of the bull riding event. He even has his own seating called "Cord Zone" during the event, where fans are sure to get a glimpse of him.

He is a five-time International Professional Rodeo Association world champion and is ranked 15th overall in the world rankings according to the IPRA.

On June 15, 2010 it was announced that McCoy, with his brother Jet, would be the parade marshalls for the Calgary Stampede parade that would take place on July 9, 2010.[1][4][5]

Injuries[edit]

  • September 26, 2004 - Cord had his skull crushed by a saddle bronc in Oklahoma City.[6] He spent 3 days in a coma and had 8 months of rehab before returning to the rodeo circuit.
  • 2005 - Separated his shoulder in the fourth round of the Wrangler NFR and missed six of 10 rounds with the injury. Placed fifth in the first round with an 83.5 on Rafter H Rodeo's Roan Wolf.

The Amazing Race 16[edit]

Cord and his brother Jet competed on The Amazing Race 16. They won 4 out of the 12 legs, and was the first team ever to go from last place on a non-elimination leg, complete a speed bump, and come in first place on the next leg. They won a pair of sailboats, and trips for two to Patagonia, Maui, and Alaska. In the final leg, they were placed 2nd, ultimately losing the one million dollar grand prize and "The Amazing Race 16" winners' title to brothers Dan and Jordan Pious.

Placements during the Race[edit]

  • Leg 1: 3rd Place
  • Leg 2: 1st Place (as a reward for getting 1st, Jet and Cord won a pair of sailboats)
  • Leg 3: 1st Place (as a reward for getting 1st, Jet and Cord won a trip for two to Patagonia)
  • Leg 4: 4th Place
  • Leg 5: 3rd Place
  • Leg 6: 4th Place
  • Leg 7: 6th Place (They received a non-elimination leg Speed Bump)
  • Leg 8: 1st Place (as a reward for getting 1st, Jet and Cord won a trip for two to Maui, Hawaii)
  • Leg 9: 3rd Place
  • Leg 10: 1st Place (as a reward for getting 1st, Jet and Cord won a trip for two to Alaska)
  • Leg 11: 2nd Place
  • Final Leg: 2nd Place

The Amazing Race 18[edit]

Cord, along with his brother Jet returned for the 18th season of the Amazing Race commonly known as The Amazing Race: Unfinished Business. They won $5,000 each in Leg 5. However in the 9th leg, they fell to last place after the Roadblock in Liechtenstein and lost even more time when they were U-Turned by the Harlem Globetrotters of Flight Time & Big Easy on a Double U-Turn. They were the only team to be U-Turned on a Double U-Turn, and were eliminated in the 9th Leg.

Placements during the Race[edit]

  • Leg 1: 11th Place (Special non-elimination leg)
  • Leg 2: 3rd Place
  • Leg 3: 6th Place
  • Leg 4: 2nd Place
  • Leg 5: 1st Place (as a reward for getting 1st, Jet and Cord won $5,000 each)
  • Leg 6: 2nd Place
  • Leg 7: 5th Place
  • Leg 8: 5th Place
  • Leg 9: 6th Place / eliminated (1st U-Turned by Flight Time & Big Easy but 2nd U-Turn was not used on a Double U-Turn)

The Amazing Race 24: All Stars[edit]

Cord, along with his brother Jet returned for the 24th season of the Amazing Race commonly known as The Amazing Race: All Stars. In Leg 1, they won two Express Passes (one Express Pass which they can use to bypass any task and also get to keep it for themselves until Leg 8. As required by the Amazing Race rules, they must hand over the other Express Pass to another team of their choosing before the end of Leg 5 and they plan to give the other Express Pass to Country Singers of Caroline & Jennifer, who used it in Leg 2 to bypass the Roadblock). In Leg 4, they won a trip for two to London. In Leg 8, they plan to used the Express Pass to bypass the Detour. In Leg 10, their season has come to an end with a 5th Place finish due to being 1st U-Turned by Leo & Jamal. They were the only team to be U-Turned on a Double U-Turn, and were eliminated in the 10th Leg.

Placements during the Race[edit]

  • Leg 1: 1st Place (as a reward for getting 1st, Jet and Cord won two express passes, which can be used to bypass any task. As required by Amazing Race rules, Jet and Cord opted to give the other express pass to fellow team Caroline and Jennifer, who used it during Leg 2 to bypass the Roadblock)
  • Leg 2: 6th Place
  • Leg 3: 2nd Place
  • Leg 4: 1st Place (as a reward for getting 1st, Jet and Cord won a trip for two to London).
  • Leg 5: 3rd Place
  • Leg 6: 2nd Place
  • Leg 7: 4th Place
  • Leg 8: 2nd Place (used the Express Pass to bypass the Detour)
  • Leg 9: 2nd Place
  • Leg 10: 5th Place / eliminated (1st U-Turned by Leo & Jamal and Caroline & Jennifer attempted to use the 2nd U-Turn on Brendon & Rachel. However, Brendon & Rachel had already checked in at the Pit Stop and were not affected by the U-Turn)

Personal life[edit]

On November 1, 2009, Cord proposed to his girlfriend Sara while being interviewed by PBR in front of an audience.[7] McCoy now resides in Tupelo, Oklahoma. He has three brothers, Justen Brent, JoRay C., and Jet Merrick, and one sister, Nikki. He also raises bulls. He is sponsored by Ariat. In October 2013, McCoy announced his retirement from bull riding at the conclusion of the PBR season that year.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "AM 770: News. Talk. Sports. - National News". Am770chqr.com. Retrieved 2011-11-23. [dead link]
  2. ^ "Exclusive Interview: Jet and Cord from 'The Amazing Race'". Buddytv.com. 2010-05-13. Retrieved 2011-11-23. 
  3. ^ Platt, Michael (2010-06-16). "Stampede due for a reality check | Columnists | Opinion". Calgary Sun. Retrieved 2011-11-23. 
  4. ^ "TV news and listings for Wednesday". The Star (Toronto). June 16, 2010. 
  5. ^ "'Amazing Race' cowboys to lead Calgary stampede | CTV News". Ctvnews.ca. 2010-06-15. Retrieved 2011-11-23. 
  6. ^ [1][dead link]
  7. ^ [2][dead link]

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