Sports Illustrated Spotlights 2012 STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Collegiate Champion

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SI's "Faces in the Crowd" highlights Penn State University lumberjack.

Tim Benedict slices through the standing block chop at the 2012 STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Collegiate Championship presented by Ram Trucks

This month, Sports Illustrated magazine’s weekly feature of outstanding amateur athletes, “Faces in the Crowd,” spotlights the best collegiate lumberjack in the country, Tim Benedict, in their Aug. 13 issue. Benedict, a 22-year-old, recent graduate in forestry from Penn State University in State College, Pa., claimed the 2012 STIHL® TIMBERSPORTS® Collegiate Championship title in Pigeon Forge, Tenn. this June in front of Outdoor Channel and ESPNU cameras. By posting professional-level times in the Collegiate Championship disciplines, Benedict sliced through his competition and delivered a wood-chopping performance worthy of Sports Illustrated mention.

In the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Collegiate Championship, Benedict beat out five of the nation’s top collegiate competitors for the ultimate bragging rights and the opportunity to be a part of the international rookie relay team at the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Series presented by Ram Trucks World Championship in Lillehammer, Norway Sept. 7-8. With this win Benedict also earned a spot as a professional competitor in the 2013 STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Series. This year marked Benedict’s third consecutive trip to the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Collegiate Championship. He placed third in 2011 and sixth in 2010.

Collegiate competitors from more than 60 colleges and universities across the country competed in the 2012 STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Collegiate Series. One winner from each region and a wildcard pick advanced to the Championship and received a $1,000 scholarship from STIHL for his school. The six finalists faced off at The Lumberjack Feud in four chopping and sawing disciplines including the single buck, standing block chop, stock saw and underhand chop. The 2012 STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Series Collegiate Series aired on Outdoor Channel and ESPNU throughout June and July.

Benedict’s lumberjack skills on the international relay rookie team will be able to be seen worldwide when the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Series World Championships streams live on STIHLTIMBERSPORTS.US.

The STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Collegiate Series grooms student athletes to one day take their place among the professional elite. ESPNU provides a national platform to not only highlight the competition and the sport, but to also spotlight the hosting schools and their forestry programs.

Established in 1985 by STIHL, the number-one selling brand of gasoline-powered handheld outdoor power equipment in America*, the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Series, billed as the Original Extreme Sport, 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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