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The Inaugural STIHL® TIMBERSPORTS® Series Champions Trophy Competition Broadcasts Live on Eurosport from St. Johann in Tirol

Eight of the World's Best Axmen Converge on Austria for this First-Time Relay Competition
Release Date: 3/8/2011
Arden Cogar Jr., STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Series U.S. competitor


St. Johann, Austria (March 8, 2011) – For the first time ever, the STIHL® TIMBERSPORTS® Series rolls out the Champions Trophy competition in St. Johann in Tirol Friday, March 11 at 8 p.m. CET. The world’s top eight lumberjack sports athletes will face off in this wood-chopping, ax-swinging, four-discipline relay broadcasting live on Eurosport.

The competition will feature the top six finalists of the 2010 STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Series World Championship and two wildcards. The Champions Trophy format showcases the best of the best in lumberjack sports, including: Arden Cogar (USA), Robert Ebner (Germany), Roger Gehin (France), Christophe Geissler (Switzerland), Mitch Hewitt (Canada), Martin Komàrek (Czech Republic), Jose Laier (Austria) and Jason Wynyard (New Zealand).

In Champions Trophy competition format, the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Series elite eight race through four lumberjack disciplines (two sawing: single buck, stock saw and two chopping: standing block chop, underhand chop) in succession, testing their endurance, strength, precision and pure power. With no rest between disciplines, competitors go from one discipline to the next and must complete all four disciplines faster than their opponent to advance to the next round. Anyone defeated in the head-to-head competition is eliminated from the title race. The last lumberjack standing will be crowned the 2011 Champions Trophy winner.

St. Johann in Tirol was a natural choice to host this first-time competition since it is no stranger to this premier sport. It played host to the 2008 STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Series European Championship and the 2010 STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Series World Championship with more than 10,000 fans packing the stands to catch all the action.

The STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Series Champions Trophy will broadcast live from St. Johann in Tirol on Eurosport, Friday, March 11 at 8 p.m. CET. In 2010, the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Series World Championship broadcasts attracted more than six million Eurosport viewers and more than 10 million television viewers following the Series worldwide.

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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.

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