STIHL TIMBERSPORTS® Champions Trophy comes to Florence, Italy in May

The world’s toughest lumberjack sports duel

Paolo Vicenzi Zoom

Paolo Vicenzi


Smashing four tree trunks into firewood in less than one minute – lumberjack sports are high-performance sports. The sport’s international elite will come together in Italy on  16 May  for the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS® Champions Trophy. Their aim is to achieve new best times with the axe and saw and to set new standards for excitement and action. This head-to-head contest in Florence’s Piazzale Michelangelo will decide who is the best of the best in lumberjack sports.

The STIHL TIMBERSPORTS® season kicks off in Florence, Italy on 16 May. The toughest competition that lumberjack sports has to offer, the Champions Trophy, will see the international elite battling it out for the title. In this, the third Trophy in the history of the elite division of lumberjack sports, the greatest athlete of them all will be chosen from the world’s top eight at the famous Piazzale Michelangelo in this Tuscan city. Favorites include last year’s winner, Brad Delosa from Australia, and 2014 World Champion, Jason Wynyard from New Zealand. Italian local hero, Paolo Vicenzi, is already looking forward to the event: “The Champions Trophy is the most demanding tournament in the world! It won’t be easy holding my own against the world’s top athletes. But I will give it my all, in front of the home crowd.”

In the Champions Trophy the athletes compete in four out of the total of six STIHL TIMBERSPORTS® disciplines. Each athlete performs  those disciplines one after another without a break. Top times of about one minute for all four disciplines are possible. The competition starts with the chain saw discipline Stock Saw, in which a disc of wood has to be sawn from a log with one downward cut, followed by the axe discipline Underhand Chop, which simulates chopping up a felled tree. Next comes the Single Buck, with a one-man crosscut saw about two meters in length. Finally, the athletes compete in the Standing Block Chop, which goes back to felling a tree with an axe – and hundredths of a second count! The seamless transition from one discipline to another requires supreme stamina, precision and tactics and pushes the athletes to their absolute limits of performance.


Lose once and you are out

All four disciplines 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 straight away from this contest, which is compressed into a time of about ninety minutes. Back in May 2014 the Champions Trophy held in Budapest, Hungary, produced a spectacular competition in front of an enthusiastic crowd of about 2,000.


Young athletes get things going

New at this year’s Champions Trophy in Florence will be the Rookie World Championship the previous evening. At the Piazzale Michelangelo venue the best young athletes from eight nations will likewise compete in the disciplines of Stock Saw, Underhand, Single Buck and Standing Block Chop, though in a rounds system rather than a knock-out. The athlete with the highest points total across all the rounds will be declared Rookie World Champion. The Rookie World Championship pits athletes from the US, Canada, Germany, Hungary, France, Czech Republic, Austria and host country Italy against one another.


The world’s best competitive lumberjacks

The high-class field the following day is based on the 2014 World Championship rankings and consists of Jason Wynyard from New Zealand, Martin Komárek (Czech Republic), Brad Delosa (Australia), Dirk Braun (Germany), Stirling Hart (Canada), Arden Cogar (US), Christophe Geissler (Switzerland) and Italian local hero, Paolo Vicenzi.




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