The STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Series Announces Top 20 U.S. Pro Lumberjacks to Compete in U.S. Championships at the Great Smoky Mountain Lumberjack Feud June 7-9

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Arden Cogar Jr. slices through the stock saw discipline at the 2012 STIHL TIMBERSPORTS U.S. Championships.

STIHL Inc., creator and producer of the world’s premier lumberjack competition, the STIHL® TIMBERSPORTS® Series presented by Ram Trucks, announced today the 2013 U.S. Championship lineup. The 20 best U.S. professional lumberjack athletes will compete in the “Original Extreme Sport” at The Great Smoky Mountain Lumberjack Feud in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., June 7-9 where only one man will claim the coveted national championship title and take home a new Ram Truck.

Tickets to the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS U.S. Championship are now on sale and can be purchased at http://www.lumberjackfeud.com. The full event schedule is included below.

“The 2013 season of the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Series has revealed an outstanding amount of talent with our championship roster to include returning champions, seasoned favorites, former collegiate competitors and first-time advancers,” said Brad Sorgen, producer of the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Series. “We look forward to bringing back our top-notch competition, the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS U.S. Championships, to the Great Smoky Mountain Lumberjack Feud for a great show and competition.”

Among the top 20 to compete in the U.S. Championship is defending U.S. Champion Arden Cogar Jr., who has competed in the Series for more than two decades and holds five STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Championship titles. Former STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Series U.S. champions that will return to try and repeat history also include Carson Bosworth (2008), Mel Lentz (2010) and Arden Cogar Jr. (2009, 2011 and 2012).

Also making the cut are father-son competitors Mike and Matt Slingerland from Rockwell, NC; Paul and Matt Cogar from Diana, W.Va. and Mel and Jason Lentz also from Diana, W.Va.

The 2013 qualifying rounds provided some surprises with newcomer Walt Page from Tollhouse, Calif. taking the top spot in the Western Qualifier during his first season in the Professional Series. Page competed in the Collegiate Series in 2011, placing second overall in the 2011 Collegiate Championship. Jason Lentz from Diana, W. Va., Calvin Willard from Barnet, Vt. and Paul Pfenninger from Scottsville, NY will make their first championship appearance in the 2013 U.S. Championships.

In the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS U.S. Championships, the 20 athletes will compete in six lumberjack disciplines including the hot saw, springboard chop, standing block chop, stock saw and underhand chop, racing the clock and each other. They will start in two pools of 10 with the top five in each pool advancing to the final U.S. Championship round Saturday, June 8. The winner not only claims the coveted national title but will advance to the World Championship in Stuttgart, Germany Oct. 25-26.

Sunday’s competition will feature the Collegiate Championships, where the nation’s top six collegiate lumberjacks (see roster below) compete in four professional disciplines, the standing block chop, single buck, stock saw and underhand chop, with the winner receiving an automatic spot in the 2014 STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Professional Series and a spot on the international rookie team that will compete at the World Championship in Stuttgart this October. Fans will also get to experience the U.S. Relay competition on Sunday when the give regional teams (Mid-Atlantic, Midwest, Northeast, Southern and Western) and one collegiate team face off in a four-discipline race to determine the best lumberjack team in the nation.

DAILY EVENT SCHEDULE
Friday, June 7 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. ET: U.S. Championship Round 1 - Top 20 U.S. pros compete in six disciplines with the top 10 advancing to the final round on Saturday.

Saturday, June 8 from noon-3 p.m. ET: Top 10 U.S. pros compete in six disciplines. Top performer is crowned the 2013 U.S. champion.

Sunday, June 9 from noon-3 p.m. ET: Collegiate Championship - Six collegiate lumberjacks compete in four disciplines for the Collegiate Championship title; U.S. Relay - Five regional teams and one college team of four competitors face off in a four-discipline race to determine the best lumberjack team in the country

TV AIR SCHEDULE
Outdoor Channel and TUFF TV cameras will be on site to catch the wood-chopping, saw-screaming action. The 2013 U.S. Championship shows will air on Outdoor Channel this June. The Outdoor Channel airing schedule appears below and can be found here.

Collegiate Championship airs on Outdoor Channel Sunday, June 16 at 3 p.m. ET

U.S. Championship Finals airs on Outdoor Channel Sunday, June 23 at 3 p.m. ET

U.S. Championship Qualifier & Relays airs on Outdoor Channel Sunday, June 30 at 3 p.m. ET

For the first time this year, fans will have the opportunity to join the wood-chopping action on Facebook with Fantasy Lumberjack. Prizes include STIHL chain saws and a trip for two to the World Championship in Germany. To play the ultimate fantasy sports game, visit http://www.facebook.com/STIHLTIMBERSPORTS.

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 ESPNU, Eurosport, Outdoor Channel and TUFF TV.

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.

STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Series 2013 U.S. Championship Competitors
Carson Bosworth, Lake Geneva, Wis.
Harry Burnsworth, Mill Run, Pa.
Arden Cogar Jr., West Hamlin, W.Va.
Matt Cogar, Diana, W.Va.
Paul Cogar, Diana, W.Va.
Mike Eash, Coatesville, Pa.
Mike Forrester, Glide, Ore.
Dave Jewett, Pittsford, NY
Richard Jordan, Sterling, Conn.
Jason Lentz, Diana, W. Va.
Mel Lentz, Diana, W.Va.
Matthew Marks, Middlesex, NY
David Moses, Snoqualmie, Wash.
Walt Page, Tollhouse, Calif.
Paul Pfenninger, Scottsville, NY
Branden Sirguy, Port Angeles, Wash.
Matt Slingerland, Rockwell, NC
Mike Slingerland, Rockwell, NC
Mike Sullivan, Winsted, Conn.
Calvin Willard, Barnet, Vt.

STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Collegiate Series 2013 Championship Competitors
Travis Courser, Unity College, Northeast Collegiate Champion
David Gouveia, Northern Arizona University, Western Collegiate Champion.
Garrett Gregorek, Paul Smith’s College, Wildcard Selection
Ben Hansen, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, Midwest Collegiate Champion
Caleb Hawkins, Warren Wilson College, Mid-Atlantic Collegiate Champion
Josh Hussey, NC State University, Southern Collegiate Champion

Full competitor bios are available at STIHLTIMBERSPORTS.US.

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 http://www.stihlusa.com.

*"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 in addition to the Outdoor Channel. 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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