KINTA, Okla. (April 21, 2011) - Kristen Meier heard her husband take a deep breath during the rider introductions, and knew he wasn’t happy about watching the Last Cowboy Standing from their home last Saturday in Kinta, Okla.
“No, I wasn’t happy,” Austin admitted, “but it’ll dang sure make you hungry watching it on TV.”
Meier said both of his injured shoulders, which kept him out of the event, should feel 100 percent by next week. He plans to return to competition at the Seattle Invitational.
Meier’s right shoulder was originally injured last October during the 2010 PBR World Finals, and he sustained a separation of his left shoulder in Albuquerque, N.M., this year.
After “doing enough not to drop in the standings,” but unable to “do enough to gain” any spots, he decided to forego competing in Las Vegas last weekend. Meier said that a week before, in Tampa, Fla., he felt pain and discomfort for the first time while on the back of a bull.
When he returns next week, Meier said he wants to be confident that he can ride his bulls, win the event and gain on Valdiron de Oliveira and Silvano Alves “instead of just maintaining” his Top 5 position.
He hopes to return to the success he had early in the season when he recorded five Top 5 finishes in the first eight Built Ford Tough Series events of the year, including two back-to-back second-place finishes in Portland, Ore., and Oklahoma City.