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Thursday, June 21, 2012

3, 2, 1 Saw!: A STIHL Intern’s Experience at The 2012 STIHL® TIMBERSPORTS® U.S. Championship

By: Tiffany Hopkins, Marketing and Sales Summer Intern 2012

Wow! What a week in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. I was able to participate and work “behind the scenes” in a weekend event that I have watched since I was a little “Lumberjill”: The STIHL® TIMBERSPORTS® U.S. Championships.

Last week’s adventure to the Great Smoky Mountains was an opportunity of a lifetime. Whether it was looking at film to settle tie breakers, hanging out with athletes such as Mike
Sullivan and Dave Jewett, or even singing country music with announcer Steven “Lurch” Scott, I was able to see how everything comes together to create the 2012 STIHL TIMBERSPORTS U.S. Championships.  This year was the first ever STIHL TIMBERSPORTS event to be held indoors. Yes, I said indoors and I can’t tell you how exciting that was for the crew, the athletes, and the venue….Lumberjack Feud.

After the 10 hour drive in the RAM truck and the all day set up Wednesday, May 30, I attended 
the “Lumberjack Feud” Dinner Show. Between the chopping, sawing, axe throwing, pole climbing, and even log rolling events, there was never a dull moment. With this show closely related to STIHL TIMBERSPORTS, I knew that this venue could be a great home for the show not only this year, but years to come as well.

With the whole crew ready to begin, we started The 2012 STIHL TIMBERSPORTS filming at 10 am on Friday.

During the show I was dubbed “runner”. This meant that I would run backstage and post scores of each event as well as overall scores for the athletes. Along with this, I also helped settle tie breakers as well as see when competitors were “jumping the gun”. We had a few close calls, but since we were filming each heat of each event, we were able to rewind the tape and prove who won, who started early, and even those who disqualified.

Saturday, in between all the chaos of chopping and sawing, STIHL recognized a group of individuals that were celebrating 50 years of service…the original Navy SEALs. Roger Phelps, Promotional Communications Manager of STIHL, introduced the 9 soldiers from the original Seal teams and ended his salute to the Navy SEALs saying “STIHL TIMBERSPORTS is the original extreme sport celebrating the original extreme warrior”.  Check out a clip of the Seals being honored.

With that, Brad Sorgen, Event Marketing Specialist at STIHL, presented two tiger-stripped camouflage chainsaws, on behalf of STIHL, to the SEALs for their service in the United States Armed Forces.

“STIHL went overboard for us and giving us the chainsaw out there, that was the final glory,” said Rudy Boesch, former Navy SEAL and finalist on Survivor: Season 1.

Along with this recognition, a raffle was arranged and all money collected went to Bryce Smith, a lumberjack at Lumberjack Feud. Bryce lost his hearing at the age of 3, and received a cochlear implant that he wears in order to hear. It is 20 years later and his loan is up and he is in need for a more modern implant that can help him in the extreme sport. STIHL donated a STIHL FARM BOSS Chainsaw to help spark interest in the raffle because they understand the importance of the implant for Bryce. By the end of the weekend, an amount of $2,700 was given to Bryce, which included a generous donation of $500 from STIHL Incorporated.

I can’t give this experience anything but a two thumbs up! The people were great, the show went perfect, and the crowd was awesome. I am so glad that I was able to be apart of the 2012 STIHL TIMBERSPORTS U.S. Championships.

Make sure to tune in to The Outdoor Channel starting this Sunday, June 10, 2012 at 4pm ET to watch the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Series and every Sunday following to see who took the gold

For more information on the TIMBERSPORTS Series visit our website .