The STIHL® TIMBERSPORTS® Series To Honor the 50th Anniversary of the U.S. Navy SEALs

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The Original Extreme Sport Pays Homage to the Most Extreme Division of the U.S. Military

Matt Cogar, 2012 STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Series finalist

The STIHL® TIMBERSPORTS® Series, the nation’s premier lumberjack competition, announced today it will honor the 50th anniversary of the establishment of the U.S. Navy SEALs during the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Series U.S. Championship at The Great Smoky Mountain Lumberjack Feud in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., June 1-3. The STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Series presented by Ram Trucks will pay tribute to the SEALs with a special ceremony that will include 10 retired members of SEAL Teams ONE and TWO during Saturday’s competition June 2 at 12:20 p.m. EDT. The Championships will stream live on STIHLTIMBERSPORTS.US.

“It is a great honor to host these first U.S. Navy SEALs and celebrate their 50th anniversary at this year’s STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Series U.S. Championship,” said Roger Phelps, promotional communications manager, STIHL Inc. “Our country is forever grateful for this legendary group of Americans, we call the U.S. Navy SEALs.”

During the final round of the U.S. Championship Saturday, June 2, STIHL will recognize the 50th anniversary of the SEALS with a special ceremony with five plank owners from SEAL Team ONE and five plank owners from Team TWO, including Rudy Boesch of Survivor fame. Paying tribute to the two original teams, STIHL will present the members with two unique, custom-painted MS 660 STIHL Magnum® chain saws embossed with the 50th anniversary emblem. The MS 660 STIHL Magnum® is the type of chain saw used in the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Series stock saw discipline.

“We’re thrilled at the opportunity to further honor the 50th anniversary of the U.S. Navy SEALs at the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS U.S. Championship with original plank owners from both teams present,” said Jim Madison, executive director, UDT-SEAL Association.

On Jan. 1, 1962, created from Navy underwater demolition units, the SEALs started with two teams, 20 officers and 100 enlisted sailors under John F. Kennedy’s presidency. Coronado, Calif., was the location of SEAL Team ONE; Little Creek, Va., was home to Team TWO.

The STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Series, billed as the Original Extreme Sport, consists of six professional lumberjack disciplines, the hot saw, single buck, springboard chop, standing block chop, stock saw and underhand chop. Held in conjunction with the Collegiate Series, the qualifying rounds pit the top eight lumberjacks in the region against each other with the top four pro athletes from each advancing to the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Series Pro Championship. These four individuals will not only compete against other competitors from around the country for the championship crown, but will also join together to represent their regions in the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Relay Competition. In addition to receiving the ultimate bragging rights in lumberjack sports and a Ram 1500 truck, the top U.S. competitor also advances to the World Championship in Lillehammer, Norway Sept. 8-9. The Collegiate Championship, held every year in conjunction with the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Pro Championship, pits the five regional collegiate champions and one wildcard pick against each other. The collegiate champion not only wins an automatic spot in the Pro Series the following season, but also a spot competing on the rookie relay team in the 2012 World Championship.

Established in 1985 by STIHL, the number-one selling brand of gasoline-powered handheld outdoor power equipment in America*, the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Series attracts the world’s top lumberjack athletes in a competition based on historic logging techniques. The Series is seen by millions of viewers annually in more than 62 countries on networks such as Eurosport, Outdoor Channel and ESPNU.

Get the latest information, stay up to date on news and competition and access behind-the-scenes photos and videos by joining the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Series community online and on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

About STIHL Inc.
STIHL Inc. manufactures the world's largest selling brand of chain saws and produces a full line of powerful, lightweight, and versatile handheld outdoor power equipment for homeowners and professional users. STIHL products are sold through independent servicing power equipment retailers from coast to coast – not mass merchants. STIHL products sold through U.S. STIHL dealers are for distribution in the United States only. For more information or for the name of the closest STIHL retailer, call toll free 1-800-GO STIHL (1-800-467-8445) or visit STIHL's website at

*"Number one selling brand" is based on syndicated Irwin Broh Research (commercial landscapers) as well as independent consumer research of 2009-2011 U.S. sales and market share data for the gasoline-powered handheld outdoor power equipment category combined sales to consumers and commercial landscapers.

STIHL Inc. is the official underwriting sponsor of the STIHL® TIMBERSPORTS® Series. The series airs throughout the year on the Outdoor Channel and TUFF TV, 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.

The term TIMBERSPORTS® is a registered trademark owned by ANDREAS STIHL AG & Co. KG. and refers to the series of disciplines and competitions that are part of the STIHL® TIMBERSPORTS® Series. As such, it should not be used as a generic description of the overall sport of lumberjack sports. This trademark refers to all modifications of the term TIMBERSPORTS such as timber sports, or timbersport. The term TIMBERSPORTS should always appear in conjunction with "STIHL."

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