2014 STIHL® TIMBERSPORTS® Champions Trophy in Budapest
STIHL® TIMBERSPORTS® Series
Stefen Lovelace, IMRE
Eight athletes, eight nations and four disciplines without a break: the Champions Trophy, in which eight international top athletes will duel with axes and saws, sets new standards for excitement and action. Against the backdrop of Buda Castle in Budapest, it's man against man in a knock-out system to decide the best of the best in lumber sports. The event will take place on May 17, 2014 in Hungary.
The opening event in the 2014 STIHL® TIMBERSPORTS® Series, scheduled for May 17 in Budapest, will get the axes and saws red-hot in the toughest contest to be held in lumber sports worldwide. Out of the eight elite competitors, the world's supreme competitive lumberjack will be crowned in the Lions Court at Budapest's Buda Castle, in the second trophy in history.
Lose once and you're out
In the Champions Trophy the athletes will compete head-to-head in four out of the six STIHL® TIMBERSPORTS® disciplines. All four disciplines have to be completed one after the other directly, without a break. Top times of one minute for all four disciplines are possible. It starts with the chainsaw discipline, Stock Saw, followed by the axe discipline, Underhand Chop. Next comes Single Buck, using a single man cross-cut saw about two meters long. Lastly, the athletes have to show what they are made of once more in the Standing Block Chop, which simulates felling a tree with and axe. A hundredth of a second can make all the difference! The seamless transition from one discipline to the next demands the utmost stamina, precision and tactics, and pushes the athletes to their absolute limit.
All four disiplines play out one right after the other with two athletes facing off against each other in the quarter-finals, semi-finals, third-place finals and finals. Anyone defeated in the head-to-head competition is eliminated with no second chance. Suspense is guaranteed, as the Champions Trophy compresses the competition into a mere hour and a half. Back in March 2011 the first Trophy, held at St. Johann in Tyrol, Austria, saw a spectacular competition and an enthusiastic crowd in a breathtaking setting in the heart of the skiing area.
The world's very best lumber sport competitors
The top-class field is based on the 2013 World Championship ranking and comprises: World Champion Brad DeLosa (Australia), Matthew Cogar (USA), Martin Komárek (Czech Republic), Jason Wynyard (New Zealand), Mitch Hewitt (Canada), Daniel Vicente (Spain), Krystian Kaczmarek (Poland) and Hungary's István Juhász. Local hero Juhász is all fired up for the event already: "The Champions Trophy is the world's hardest lumber sport competition. It will be incredibly difficult to hold one's own there against the very best athletes in the world. But I'm on home ground and I'll give it my all!"