The STIHL® TIMBERSPORTS® Series Announces Top 20 Lumberjacks to Compete in U.S. Championship at Oregon State Fair

Professional Lumberjack Athletes Compete in Front of ESPN Cameras for the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS U.S Title, a Ram Truck and World Championship Advancement
Release Date: 5/17/2011
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Virginia Beach, Va. (May 17, 2011) – STIHL Inc., creator and producer of the popular lumberjack competition, the STIHL® TIMBERSPORTS® Series presented by the Ram Truck brand, announced today the top 20 U.S. professional lumberjack athletes who will compete in the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Series U.S. Championships at the Oregon State Fair in Salem, Ore. Aug. 26-28.  A new five-region qualifying format brought out 50 professional lumberjacks to determine each region’s best four out of 10, who advanced to U.S. Championship round this summer.

The season’s championship roster includes returning pro and collegiate champions, seasoned favorites and first-timers in the Series. Mike Sullivan from Winsted, Conn., will make his 26th consecutive appearance in the Series, making him the only competitor to compete in every season of the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Series. Father-son competitors Mike and Matt Slingerland from Rockwell, NC will also take the national stage; while Mike is a veteran on the professional circuit, Matt, who competed in the Collegiate Championship in 2008 and 2009, will make his debut in the U.S. title competition. Another newcomer to the Series is Chris Bradshaw from Ridgeley, W.Va.,.

Representing the younger, up-and-coming lumberjack generation, Will Roberts from Cortland, NY, continues to impress and leave his mark on the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Series. Roberts won the 2005 STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Collegiate Championship and has competed in the Professional Series since. 

Former STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Series U.S. champions Carson Bosworth (2008), Arden Cogar Jr. (2009) and Mel Lentz (2010) will return this summer hoping history will repeat itself.

During Oregon State Fair’s opening weekend, the pro competitors will compete in two pools of 10 across six lumberjack disciplines, the hot saw, springboard chop, standing block chop, stock saw and underhand chop, racing the clock and each other. The top four in each pool advance to the final U.S. Championship round Sunday, Aug. 28, where they will compete for a slice of the coveted national title and the opportunity to advance to the World Championship in Holland Sept. 3-4. Additional pros will be selected by officials to represent the U.S. in the World Championship Relay Competition. ESPN2 cameras will be on site to catch the wood-chopping, saw-screaming action. The 2011 Series will air on ESPN2 this fall.

Established in 1985 by STIHL, the number-one selling brand of gasoline-powered handheld outdoor power equipment in America*, the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Series, billed as the Original Extreme Sport, attracts the world’s top lumberjack athletes in a competition based on historic logging techniques. The Series is seen by more than 20 million viewers annually in more than 62 countries on networks such as Eurosport and ESPN, where it is one of the longest running shows.

Get the latest information and up-to-date news and video on all the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Series competitions by going to STIHLTIMBERSPORTS.US. Access behind-the-scenes photos and video on Facebook and YouTube.

STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Series 2011 U.S. Championship Competitors
Carson Bosworth, Lake Geneva, Wis.
Chris Bradshaw, Ridgeley, W.Va.
Harry Burnsworth, Mill Run, Pa.
Arden Cogar Jr., West Hamlin, W.Va.
Matt Cogar, Diana, W.Va.
Mike Eash, Coatesville, Pa.
Mike Forrester, Idleyld Park, Ore.
Warrick Hallett, Glencoe, Minn.
Dave Jewett, Pittsford, NY
Richard Jordan, Sterling, Conn.
Mel Lentz, Diana, W.Va.
David Moses, Snoqualmie, Wash.
Will Roberts, Cortland, NY
Branden Sirguy, Port Angeles, Wash.
Jeff Skirvin, Clatskanie, Ore.
Matt Slingerland , Rockwell, NC
Mike Slingerland, Rockwell, NC
Mike Sullivan, Winsted, Conn.
Nathan Waterfield, Cherry Valley, NY
Daryl Weakland, Kannapolis, NC

Full competitor bios are available at STIHLTIMBERSPORTS.US.

About STIHL Inc.
STIHL Inc. manufactures the world's largest selling brand of chain saws and produces a full line of powerful, lightweight, and versatile handheld outdoor power equipment for homeowners and professional users. STIHL products are sold through independent servicing power equipment retailers from coast to coast – not mass merchants. STIHL products sold through U.S. STIHL dealers are for distribution in the United States only. For more information or for the name of the closest STIHL retailer call toll free 1-800-GO STIHL (1-800-467-8445) or visit STIHL's website.
 
*"Number one selling brand" is based on syndicated Irwin Broh Research (commercial landscapers) as well as independent consumer research of 2010 U.S. sales and market share data for the gasoline-powered handheld outdoor power equipment category combined sales to consumers and commercial landscapers.
 
STIHL Inc. is the official underwriting sponsor of the STIHL® TIMBERSPORTS® Series. The series airs throughout the year on the ESPN2 cable network, and the STIHL® TIMBERSPORTS® Collegiate Series airs on ESPNU. The STIHL® TIMBERSPORTS® SERIES is the pinnacle event in lumberjack sports. Since 1985 the Series has grown to become the premier showcase of the decades old sport of lumberjacking with competitions held around the world.

The term TIMBERSPORTS® is a registered trademark owned by ANDREAS STIHL AG & Co. KG. and refers to the series of disciplines and competitions that are part of the STIHL® TIMBERSPORTS® Series. As such, it should not be used as a generic description of the overall sport of lumberjack sports. This trademark refers to all modifications of the term TIMBERSPORTS such as timber sports, or timbersport. The term TIMBERSPORTS should always appear in conjunction with "STIHL."

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