The STIHL® TIMBERSPORTS® Series premier event will be held outside one of the biggest cities in the United States – Chicago. The Series’ U.S. Pro and Collegiate Championships will be held at the Tinley Park Convention Center, located in Chicago Southland, on July 15 and 16.
The STIHL® TIMBERSPORTS® Series – The Original Extreme Sport – pits the top lumberjack athletes from across the country in thrilling and grueling wood chopping, cutting, and sawing competitions. For the third straight year, the Championships will air on the ABC network in the fall. The Professional Series will also re-air on ESPN and ESPN2.
For the first time in the Series’ 31-year history, the Chicago area will host the Championships. The city’s large footprint, growing midwestern fanbase, and prodigious venue in the Tinley Park Convention Center, made it an attractive location for the sport’s biggest U.S. event of the year.
For the 2016 season, professional athletes hailing from all over the country will compete in six lumberjack disciplines: the hot saw, single buck, springboard chop, standing block chop, stock saw and underhand chop. Professional athletes will compete in four qualifiers, with the top 20 athletes advancing to the U.S. Championship. The 2016 athlete roster includes some of the best lumberjacks the Series has ever assembled. Reigning three-time champion Matt Cogar will look to make history and become the first-ever U.S. athlete to win four straight titles. He’ll be challenged by other young stars in Jason Lentz (who finished second last year) and Nathan Waterfield (who finished third).