MILWAUKEE — The axes are back and wood is flying, as the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS U.S. Championships return to Milwaukee.
"It's a good place to be. This is one of the larger crowds I’ve had the chance to perform in front of,” said Matt Cogar, reigning six-time U.S. men’s champion.
Looking for his seventh title, Cogar is a legacy of sorts.
“It takes knowing some people to get each discipline. I had the fortune of growing up in the sport. My father did it and my great uncle used to do it, too, so having that background helped me along,” said Cogar.
But for reigning women's champion Erin LaVoie, this sport wasn’t introduced to her until college.
“The team needed another girl, so I said sure I'll try this. Four days later, I went to a competition and I placed in the top three in every event that I entered. Winning is fun,” said LaVoie.
Years later, Erin is still having fun winning.
"Four days later, I went to a competition and I placed in the top three in every event that I entered. Winning is fun.” — reigning women's champion Erin LaVoie
So I figured I would give the single buck a try.
A few struggles later, some help from Erin and my career in TIMBERSPORTS begins and ends.
You can check out the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS U.S. Championships at the Henry Maier Festival Park this weekend, July 26-28.