A Quebecer makes his mark as a flying bull

Bull jumping from Quebec won a major TV talent contest in the United States.

The least we can say is that Emmanuel Lataste is fearless. The 36-year-old has been making his mark in the world of bullsuckers – bull jumpers – for several years.

He came to prominence again by winning the Go Big Show final. An American television program broadcast on TBS, similar to Talent to Sell, but specialized in the extreme.

“One day the TV studio was a swimming pool, another day it was a track with jumping platforms for skaters or runners. For me, they had to get into tons of land, rent a rink, and find bulls,” said a resident of San Tete, in Mauritius.

The TV show provided a vision for his sport. “This is the biggest opportunity in my career to talk about bull jumping and bull jumping at an international level,” said Emmanuel Lataste.

It is no coincidence that Mr. Latste left everything in France a few years ago to settle in Saint-Titi: he wanted to be closer to the Western festival that he participates in every year. He now dedicates himself to doing rodeo tours across America and thus has the chance to take on the most ferocious bulls.

At home, he has his bulls to continue his training. But the gym component also occupies a large place. “It depends on gymnastics, athletics, weight training and deep strengthening,” he explained.

The $100,000 first prize is a salve for years of effort and injury.

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