Release Date: 11/23/2011
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David Bolstad


Waiblingen, (Nov. 23, 2011) – This weekend, the STIHL® TIMBERSPORTS® SERIES lost a competitor, friend and family member, David Bolstad. The 41 year old died suddenly Saturday, Nov. 19 due to a heart attack after winning a lumberjack chopping competition in his native New Zealand.
“With five titles in the US Series and three victories at World Championships, David Bolstad has forever changed the SERIES and lumberjack sports; his quiet, supportive and always professional manner awarded him great respect and appreciation,” said Jürgen Fitting, Marketing Director from ANDREAS STIHL AG & Co. KG. "Our thoughts go out to David’s wife and two children, his fans and all who knew him.”
Bolstad competed in the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS SERIES for more than a decade and holds five STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Series Championship titles and two World Championship titles. He also holds the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS SERIES world record in the underhand chop, which he set at 12.28 seconds in 1999. He has won more than 50 wood-chopping championships and titles worldwide, leaving a long lasting impression on the sport, the fans and the community.
“Beyond being a consummate competitor, David was also a teacher and mentor to many of the current competitors who came up the ranks respecting and admiring his proficiency as one of the world’s greatest chopper/sawyers,” said Roger Phelps from STIHL Inc., USA. 
David Bolstad is survived by his wife and his two children. His legacy as a world-class chopper, sawyer and STIHL TIMBERSPORTS SERIES Champion will forever live on within the sport he loved.
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