AT A GLANCE
- First Cut: 3:55 p.m. Friday - Professional qualifier
event from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. - top 20 athletes in two
pools of 10.
- 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday - Professional championship
event - top eight athletes.
- 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday - Collegiate championship -
top eight athletes.
MILWAUKEE - Let the woodchips fly and hearts pump at
The Stihl Timbersports 2017 U.S. Pro and Collegiate
Championship will take place for the first time at the
fest Friday through Sunday at the BMO Harris Pavilion at
Henry Maier Festival Park. The U.S. Pro Championship
will be broadcast on ABC at 3 p.m. Oct. 8, Oct. 15 and
If it bears any
resemblance to the German Holzhacker, or woodchopper,
dance, it’s because there’s some chopping and wood.
In an ESPN “Sports
Science” test with a standing block chop, a
timbersports athlete’s body experienced 7Gs, or 1,800
pounds of force, while the ax generated 3,700 pounds of
force chopping through an 11-inch diameter alder.
Having advanced from
regional qualifiers, the top 20 pros in
six disciplines will chop their way to the title.
In the competition, lumberjack athlete will compete in
springboard chop, standing block chop and underhand
chop, all three use an ax, as well as single buck with a
long crosscut saw and the two chainsaw events of stock
saw and hot saw, which is usually powered by an engine
from a personal watercraft or snowmobile.
The pro-only events are the hot saw and the springboard
chop in which a springboard platform is used to climb
and chop to the top. The eight college athletes are
Jesse Smith Cutting, Paul Smith’s College; Chas Haas,
University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse; Ethan Hall, State
University of New; William Brad Jones, University of
Maine; John Parcell, University of Montana; Andrew
Sergent, West Virginia University; Kyle Williams, Unity
College; and Kemp Wilson, Clemson University.