Team USA Heading to Norway

Team to compete in 2017 STIHL TIMBERSPORTS® World Championship

The STIHL TIMBERSPORTS® World Championship takes place in Lillehammer, Norway November 3 and 4, and Team USA is ready to go for gold. The team was selected after a special head-to-head competition that was held following the U.S. Championship in Milwaukee earlier this year. Representing Team USA will be Matt Cogar, Walt Page, Matt Slingerland, Jason Lentz, and Cassidy Scheer. Mike Slingerland will be acting as team captain.

The World Championship has an exciting format that features individual and team competitions, and will be livestreamed around the globe. Watch the event LIVE at:

Individual Championship: Competitors from over 20 countries compete in the six disciplines of the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS® Series. Each competitor earns points for finishes in each discipline, and the field is reduced over the course of three rounds until only one athlete is left to claim the title of World Champion.

Team Championship: What do you get when you add chainsaws and axes to a relay race? The STIHL TIMBERSPORTS® Series Team World Championship! A four-member team competes in stock saw, underhand chop, single buck and standing block in a display of speed, precision, brute strength and coordination. International teams compete in an elimination bracket format with the best teams completing this grueling format in less than one minute. Team USA took bronze in 2016 - finishing behind Team Canada and Team Australia – and wants the world title in 2017.

Matt Cogar
His win at the 2017 U.S. Championship made him the first five-time U.S. champion. Matt now looks to defeat the world’s best in the World Championship individual competition. In 2016, Cogar took silver in a close competition with reigning world champion Jason Wynyard and looks to take home gold in 2017.

In addition to competing in the individual championship, Cogar will get the handoff from Walt Page in the second discipline of the relay, the underhand chop. Timing is critical as starting his cut before the completion of the stock saw will cost the team time.

Walt Page
Page had one of his most successful STIHL TIMBERSPORTS® U.S. Championships to date, finishing in second. Coming out of the Collegiate Series, Page has become one of the sport’s most consistent athletes finishing no worse than fourth place at the U.S. Championship in the past three seasons. Page will start the relay for the team on stock saw.

Matt Slingerland
A rising star on the Series, Slingerland shocked the field with a third place finish at the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS® U.S. Championship. The 26-year-old has been competing since he was 10 under the tutelage of his father Mike, and almost won the U.S. Championship before cutting out in the hot saw. Big things are expected from Slingerland after his breakout performance, and he’ll take the third position in the relay on the single buck.

Jason Lentz
Lentz, one of the most physically imposing athletes competing today, is a former Division III basketball player who led the league in blocks. Son of STIHL TIMBERSPORTS® legend Mel Lentz, Jason finished fourth at the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS® U.S. Championship. Lentz bested all other athletes in the team selection competition and will be the anchor of the relay – chopping the standing block chop.

Cassidy Scheer
Scheer burst on the scene this season, making it to the finals of the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS® U.S. Championship in his first championship appearance. Though a newcomer to the Series, Scheer has been involved with lumberjack sports his entire life, and is a champion speed climber. He’ll be Team USA’s alternate for the team competition.

The World Championship takes place at Lillehammer Olympiapark, beginning at 6:30 pm local time (12:30 pm ET). Fans can purchase tickets HERE. And if you can’t make it to Norway, catch all the action on our livestream:

You can also check out highlights from last year’s World Championship at the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS® YouTube page, by clicking HERE and HERE.

Matt Slingerland competing in the 2016 World Championship