STIHL® TIMBERSPORTS® Series Crowns World, U.S. and Collegiate Champions during 25th Anniversary Year of the Original Extreme Sport
Virginia Beach, Va. (Sept. 21, 2010) – STIHL Inc. celebrated the 25th anniversary of the STIHL® TIMBERSPORTS® Series presented by Carhartt as the country and world’s best lumberjacks and lumberjills went for gold in the original extreme sport. Aug. 27-29, 54 athletes competed for the Speed Climb, Boom Run, Collegiate and U.S. Championship titles at the 2010 STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Series at the Oregon State Fair in Salem, Ore. Four days later, Sept. 3-5, 16 of the world’s top choppers and sawyers converged on the Alpine Village of St. Johann, Austria to compete for the 2010 STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Series World Championship title. ESPN2 cameras documented all the wood-chopping action, which will begin airing the 2010 shows with the 2010 STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Series Championship Sunday, Oct. 10 at 1 p.m. EDT.
STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Professional Series Championship
Thirty-two of the world’s top choppers and sawyers contended for the 2010 STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Series Championship title in six professional lumberjack disciplines (hot saw, single buck, springboard chop, standing block chop, stock saw and underhand chop) at the Oregon State Fair. The quarterfinal round consisted of the lower-ranked 16 competitors contending for the top eight spots to advance to the semifinals round. The semifinal rounds consisted of the 16 top competitors and the eight whom advanced from the quarterfinals seeded into three pools of eight. The top 12 athletes advanced to the championship round.
Eight boom runners and eight speed climbers competed over the three-day competition in a bracket elimination for the U.S. title in their respective disciplines; and six collegiate contenders chopped and sawed through four professional disciplines to determine the cream of the crop on the final day.
“We’re honored to celebrate this landmark anniversary with a blend of familiar and fresh faces in our competitor field,” said Roger Phelps, promotional communications manager, STIHL Inc. “We’re also very grateful for the tremendous support we have received from our host sites, fans and loyal sponsors.”
Jason Wynyard of New Zealand walked away with his ninth championship title and a brand-new RAM 1500 truck among other prizes. Fellow New Zealander and multiple-title holder David Bolstad placed second with Australian Laurence O’Toole taking the bronze. West Virginia native Mel Lentz, nicknamed “King of the Lumberjacks,” captured the top spot among the U.S. competitors, becoming the 2010 STIHL TIMBERSPORTS U.S. Champion.
Other standout performers include Martin Komárek from the Czech Republic, who shattered the world record in the stock saw discipline by making two cuts through 16 inches of white pine in a blistering 9.445 seconds and American Will Roberts, the first former STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Series collegiate competitor ever to advance to the professional Championship round. Roberts, who is from Groton, NY, won the 2005 STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Collegiate Championship and has been a stand out in the professional series ever since.
Professional Series Championship Results
STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Series Speed Climb and Boom Run U.S. Championship
The STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Series speed climb and boom run finals saw repeat champions take gold. Brian Bartow, who hails from Lake Oswego, Ore., claimed his third STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Series U.S. title, defeating Stirling Hart in the finals round with an 11.73-second run to Hart's 12.03. Cassidy Scheer, from Hayward, Wis., took home the bronze medal.
In the U.S boom run finals, defending champion Alyse Schroeder from Hayward, Wis., took her second STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Series U.S. boom run title, becoming the first woman to win multiple and/or consecutive titles. Schroeder saw tough competition from Plymouth, Minn.’s Katie Rick, who posted the fastest time of 10.68 seconds but was disqualified due to a false start. Schroeder ultimately took the title with a 10.74 second run. Third place honors went to Taylor Duffy from Hayward, Wis.
Speed Climb U.S. Championship Results
Boom Run U.S Championship Results
STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Collegiate Championship
North Carolina State’s Logan Scarborough bested five other collegiate competitors in the Collegiate Championship, held in conjunction with the 2010 STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Professional Series Championship at the Oregon State Fair, in four professional disciplines (single buck, standing block chop, stock saw and underhand chop) to win the 2010 Collegiate title. Paul Smith’s College’s Jon Preston captured second-place honors just three points behind Scarborough. Hometown boy David Green, representing Oregon State University, finished a strong third, three points behind Preston.
This is the second time Scarborough and Green have competed in the Collegiate Championship. With this victory, Scarborough won an automatic spot in the 2011 STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Professional Series ,as well as a spot on the international rookie team, which competed at the 2010 STIHL TIMBERSPORTS World Championship in Austria.
The STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Collegiate Series presented by Carhartt takes ESPNU cameras in search of the best amateur lumberjack athlete by hosting five regional events on college campuses across the country. The Collegiate Series culminates with a national championship event held annually in conjunction with the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Professional Championship.
Collegiate Championship Results
STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Series World Championship
Despite the rainy weather in St. Johann, Austria, more than 6,000 fans attended the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS World Championship, waving their national flags and colors from under umbrellas and ponchos. New Zealander Jason Wynyard added a tenth STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Series title to his already impressive résumé, making him one of the most decorated athletes in the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Series’ 25-year history.
Germany’s Robert Ebner, at just 25 years old, won the silver medal, improving on his third-place finish in 2009 and becoming the top-finishing European since the World Championship began in 2005. Martin Komárek from the Czech Republic also gave a notable performance as he took home third-place honors, climbing up one spot from his 2009 finish. Taking fourth place, just five points shy of a podium finish was 2009 U.S. Champion Arden Cogar, Jr. Cogar filled in for current 2010 U.S. Champion Mel Lentz, who was unable to attend the World Championship.
The STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Series Word Championship consisted of 16 international competitors
chopping and sawing through six lumberjack disciplines, the hot saw, single buck,
springboard chop, standing block chop, stock saw and underhand chop.
Adding to the excitement of this year’s competition was a new event, the international team relay. Four athletes from each country compete in the four disciplines: the single buck, standing block chop, stock saw, and underhand chop, each starting his discipline as soon as the previous athlete completes his segment. Eighteen national teams and one "rookie" team competed in the 4-hour event.
“It was a mini United Nations with axes,” described Phelps.
In the team competition, the U.S. team (made up of Arden Cogar, Jr., Matt Cogar, Dave Jewett, Brandon Sirguy and Will Roberts) was narrowly edged out by the New Zealand team to take home the silver. Switzerland took the bronze defeating the Canadian team. The countries represented in the team relay were: Austria, Benelux, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Ireland, Italy, Germany, Great Britain, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland.
In their continued drive to develop the new generation of athlete, organizers also fielded an international “rookie” team made up of athletes from the U.S., Czech Republic, Austria, Sweden and Great Britain. None of the athletes had previously competed in a national or international professional STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Series competition.
Logan Scarborough represented the U.S. on the rookie team. Scarborough sawed a fierce single buck, helping the rookie team set a qualifying time better than half the professional field and advancing them to the second round. His performance made his U.S. pro counterparts beam with pride.
"Logan’s remarkable performance validates the goal of STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Collegiate Series in the U.S.," said Roger Phelps, promotional communications manager for STIHL Inc. "Our focus has been on developing young competitors, and bringing Logan to the world championships and watching him do as well as he did shows that the future of the sport in the U.S. is strong."
World Championship Results
Relay Team Competition Results
2011 STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Series
The 2011 STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Series season will mark the beginning of a new format for the Series. For the first time, professional athletes will compete regionally for the chance to go to the U.S. Championships. The professional qualifiers for the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS U.S. Championships will be held in conjunction with the qualifiers for the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Collegiate Championship. This new format will not only give fans a double dose of excitement, but also give more professional athletes a chance to compete.
Get the latest information and up-to-date news and video on all the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Series competitions by going to www.stihltimbersports.com . Access behind-the-scenes photos and video on www.Facebook.com/STIHLTIMBERSPORTS and http://www.youtube.com/user/STIHLTIMBERSPORTSfan .
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