03

Sep
1

An interview with the champion

A hero has returned to Russia with a gold medal around his neck. Aleksandr Sokolov, the Russian logger equipped with a Husqvarna 576 XP, is a happy man today after the success in Belarus a week ago. We got a hold of him by phone and asked him about the championship, the equipment and the future.

 

Congratulations on becoming the world champion of logging. Has it sunk in yet?

I don't think I really realized it until after the championship was over. From time to time I take a look at my gold medal and my winner's cup I got in Belarus. It says that I won, but it's still hard to say what it feels like to be a champion.

 

Tell us a little bit about how you experienced the competition?

The competition was well organized. My teammates and I had a great support from the Belarus organizers, whom we knew from before. I've been involved in competitions held in Belarus before and some of them have been held in Raubitschi. The matter of language was also an important factor. Everyone here speaks Russian, including the majority of the judges, and this made me feel comfortable and confident. If I should mention any negative aspect of the experience that would be that we, unlike most of the other participants, stayed in Minsk. This is quite a distance from Raubitschi and since the competitions began at 8 am, we had to get up very early. I also had to perform four of the disciplines in one day, but apparently it all turned out for the best.

 

How nervous were you right before the limbing race versus Jukka Perämäki?

Prior to the last discipline, I knew that I had six points up to Jukka, who was in the lead, and a few strong participants, Johann Raffl in particular, were very close behind me. Therefore, the main focus for my part was to not lose the second place. On the other hand, I knew there was a realistic chance in going for the gold. Since an error in limbing costs 20 points in penalty, my strategy focused more on quality than on speed. Apparently, Jukka had the same strategy, but in the end I managed to beat him by 1.5 seconds! These fractions of seconds proved to be crucial.

 

You won the gold medal in Tree Felling, which proved to be an important victory to win the total gold. Have you focused extra hard on this discipline in your preparations?

I have to say that my performance in this discipline contained a certain amount of luck, but I have had good results earlier years. When I participated in an official competition for my first time, I won my first gold medal in the Tree felling discipline. In my training prior to the World Logging Championship I have paid special attention to this discipline and it seems to have paid off. The felling in Raubitschi was not easy because of the softness of the wood, but I took this factor into account and it worked out well.

 

You performed the fitting another chain in 12.40 seconds. Is this a good time for you or have you performed it faster during your training sessions?

It is always easier to perform in training sessions and I have achieved times in less than 10 seconds. My personal best is 9.46 seconds. When competing in bigger competitions and especially in WLC, my performance in this discipline gets very unpredictable. Last WLC in Croatia 2010 I performed it in 10.22 seconds and in my latest competition just a month prior to this championship my time was 14 seconds. Small margins make large difference. I think that here in Belarus, all participants performed a little bit under their best performances in Fitting another chain.

 

184 points in the Combi-cut and 235 points in Precision bucking. What are your feelings on those results?

I am really satisfied with my result in Combi-cut! Regarding the Precision bucking, I do not have any special moves or strategies - I perform this discipline much on intuition. This time I tried to get a fast time without taking any risks. On the first log I left 4 mm and on the second 2 mm. Not a great result, but I am glad it was enough for the overall winning.

 

Russia took a silver medal in the national team total. Were you satisfied as a team with your effort in WLC?

We have a very strong team and I am glad that we now went from one to two world champions in the team. My teammate Iiya Shvetsov won the title in 2004 and our third member, Vladimir Dashugin, is also a very experienced and strong logger. Unfortunately, Vladimir had bad break in the felling and he missed one branch in the limbing. It made it hard for us to win the gold medal over the Finnish team. However, this was the first time Russia took a silver medal! In addition, we came first in the extra team discipline - Relay race. So we are of course extremely happy over the results in Belarus.

 

What can you tell us about the chainsaw you're using? Why did you choose to this particular machine?

I started working as a logger in 2002 and I have used Husqvarna chainsaws throughout my carrier. My first machine was a Husqvarna 254 XP, which was replaced by a Husqvarna 372 XP. This is a great chainsaw! My colleagues and myself have won many awards at various competitions using this model. But when I got the opportunity to upgrade to the newer model Husqvarna 576 XP I had to do it. I use this machine today and I use it with great pleasure. Compared to other chainsaws I have tried, this machine is more powerful and has a higher turnover, which provides the additional speed needed to win a championship.

 

How will you spend the next two years as a world champion?

I will continue to work in the forest, where I mostly operate a forwarder. I will of course keep myself in good shape and train my chainsaw skills even further. My plan is to participate in other competitions during the period and it will be great to enter them with this new title. At the same time I am already looking forward to WLC 2014. They say that winning the title is more complicated than defending it. We will just have to see!

 

In 2014, the WLC will be held in Switzerland. So your plans are to defend your title?

I hope so! I will do my best to win the qualifying competition for going to Switzerland in two year!

 

From us at Husqvarna Loggers Blog we want to congratulate you once again, Aleksandr! We wish you all the best during your two years as a world champion and we're looking forward to seeing you in Switzerland 2014!

28

Aug
1

The world champion of logging 2012

Congratulations Aleksandr Sokolov from Russia! You are now the best logger in the world!

27

Aug
1

The Winners

Ladies and gentlemen, let us present to you the winner of the World Logging Championship 2012 in Raubitschi, Belarus:

Aleksandr Sokolov from Russia

 

And here's the winner of the U24 class:

Sergej Serge Shkudrov from Belarus

 

Finally, the winning national team:

Finland

 

We managed to get an interview with both the world champion Aleksandr Sokolov, as well as the individual silver medalist as well as the team leader for the winning national team Jukka Perämäki. The language barrier isn't helping, but we can assure you that they were extremely happy both of them to win the prestigious competition. A big congratulation to both of you from the Husqvarna team and from the Husqvarna Loggers Blog!

27

Aug
0

The results of World Logging Championship 2012

A comment from the Husqvarna WLC expert Anders Kragner:

The whole competition was very well arranged and performed by the hosting country Belarus and the Forest ministry. Every participant I have spoken to has rated this year edition of WLC very high and in some cases the best one ever.

Beside the great site and arrangements, we also got to see some really exiting discipline performances, where the final score of the top two loggers were exactly the same. It's hard to find more excitement than that!

Finally, we are extremely happy over the fact that the top four participants in the total score were Husqvarna participants. It is of course a great boost for the brand, but most of all I am so glad to see that all the effort that the participants put into the preparation to the championships paid of. I am proud to represent a company and brand that helps them to perform on these high levels, both when it comes to equipment as as well as training camps and expert knowledge. Congratulations to Aleksandr, Jukka, Urs and the rest of the Husqvarna loggers for a great performance!

 

Here are the final results from World Logging Championship 2012:

 

Here are the final results from World Logging Championship 2012 for the U24 class:

 

And finally, here are the final results from World Logging Championship 2012 for the national teams:

27

Aug
0

The final medal ceremony

Once again, the medal ceremony in Raubitschi was executed very well. Flags were waving and hymns were sung. Over 1 200 people were present and the whole event was a great success.

Most of the prizes were handed out by the forestry minister of Belarus - Mr. Amelyanovich. The world champion in the U24 class received a cup and a bottle of champagne. The winning national team got even bigger cup and bottle.

Sarah Kandel from Luxemburg, the only female participant in WLC 2012 and probably the first woman ever to attend this championship, got extra attention. We hope that her presence will encourage more women to enter this otherwise extremely male dominated competition. Sarah received a special invitation to take part in the next WLC and hopefully she will!

The ceremony ended with hosting nation Belarus officially handing over the "torch" to the next hosting nation - Switzerland - who will host the World Logging Championship 2014. After the awards at the competition site, all participants and officials were invited to a gala dinner with live music, dancing and entertainment. A lot of joy and many fellow loggers from all over the world celebrated a well performed championship together, accompagnied by a grand fireworks finale.

27

Aug
0

The Great Limbing Showdown

The final discipline that determines who's the best logger of the world is the Limbing race. This is the strength of your nerves will affect your result just as much as all the practice you have performed during the two years of preparation. Be fast and don't do any mistakes and you will go far.

Anything can happen in this final stage and so it did! Urs Armstutz from Switzerland (the top image of the blog post) performed a very fast limbing race - 14 seconds which gave him 464 points. This gave him a silver medal in the discipline and upgraded his final score. In total he got 1639 points.

Johann Raffl from Italy had a better starting position point-wise and had his aim for the gold medal. He performed the race in just over 15 seconds and without penalties this would have given him 460 points. Unfortunately the judges found an error at one of the branches giving Johann 20 penalty points. The 440 points from limbing gave him a total of 1635 points. Without any penalty in the limbing discipline he would have won the total gold medal. A tough mistake for the Italian logger, but we are of course still very impressed by the way he went through the WLC 2012. Next time you will be on top of the winner's stand, Johann!

The final race is always between the two loggers in the lead. A readers of Husqvarna Loggers Blog know by know, this meant that the final race stood between Aleksandr Sokolov from Russia and Jukka Perämäki from Finland - both representing Husqvarna. You could feel the thrill in the air!

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Jukka Perämäki was in the lead with 6 points prior to the race. He knew he couldn't afford any mistakes so he had to make a clean performance. He took it very safe and performed the race in 20 seconds and no penalty points.

Next to him, Aleksandr Sokolov knew he had to beat Jukka to win. He too made a safe race and was finished in a bit over 18 seconds. This resulted in the amazing situation that both of these loggers ended up with the same total score - 1645! So we had two loggers with the same score and everyone was wondering how it will be determined who wins the gold medal. According to the rules, Tree felling will be the decisive discipline in matters of equal total scores. Looking at the Tree felling scores, Jukka got himself 450 while Aleksandr got 654. This means that the winner of WLC 2012 is Aleksandr Sokolov from Russia!

Worth mentioning is of course the fact that the top four loggers in the total score represents Husqvarna. A huge success that we are extremely happy to announce!


Here's three video clips from the Limbing races. The first one shows a extremely even race that between two Husqvarna loggers. The second clip is a great example of well performed limbing, one of the best performances we've ever seen in this discipline. The third clip shows the performance of Jukka Perämäki in the final race.

 

 

26

Aug
0

The first medal ceremony

After the second day, a medal ceremony is held to award the winners of the first four disciplines: Tree felling, Fitting another chain, Bucking with combined cuts and Precision bucking. The medal ceremony in Raubitschi was performed very professionally and well arranged. All winning loggers displayed a true joy and happiness as they entered the winner's stand to receive their medals and everyone brought their nation flag to the podium. After each round of medals were hung around the logger's necks, the national hymn of the gold medalist were played.

Prior to the ceremony, some attending fans got interviews and it was striking how enthusiastic they were to be a part of the event. About 1 200 people watched the event live, which contained a lot of smiles and laughter. One of the happiest we believe were the Russian logger Aleksandr Sokolov, who got the honor to secure the gold medal in Tree felling.

 

Winner's stand of U24 class in Precision bucking

Bronze medal to Roland Hinteregger, Italy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Roland Hinteregger, Italy

Not totally satisfied with the bronze medal, he definitely wants to improve in the next WLC.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

Johann Raffl, Italy

A happy logger!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

Aleksandr Sokolov, Russia

Many of his Husqvarna friends came close, but Alexandr sums it up well with the words "I won the gold medal!".

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

Sarah from Luxemburg

Happy to attend the World Logging Championship in Belarus.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

Mrs. Perämäki from Finland

A truly dedicated fan and extremely happy to see her husband in the lead after the first four disciplines.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

The Japanese national team

Only the second time they participate in the WLC. Very promising, very happy!

26

Aug
0

The results after Day 2

At the end of the second day of World Logging Championship 2012 all loggers have performed four out of the five disciplines. The total scores will set the conditions prior to the Limbing discipline, where everyone will know who they need to beat point-wise to have a shot at the gold medal. We've seen a lot of great performances so far and the Husqvarna participants are in many cases excelling themselves.

Below you see a list of the top-10 after Day 2.
 


Individual Class  
Rank No Name National team Category Points scored and penalty points Chainsaw
    Tree felling Lim- bing Fitting another Chain Com-bined Cuts Preci-sion Cuts Total Points Total Penalty Points  
    (Brand and type)
1 Jukka Perämäki Finland Aktiv 650 0 126 193 234 1203 0 Husqvarna 576 XP
2 Sokolov, Aleksandr Russia Aktiv 654 0 124 184 235 1197 0 Husqvarna 576 XP
3 Meijer, Martijn Netherlands Aktiv 647 0 122 192 234 1195 0 Stihl 460
4 Raffl Johann Italy Aktiv 640 0 130 185 240 1195 0 Husqvarna 576 XP
5 István JUHÁSZ Ungarn Aktiv 635 0 130 179 239 1183 0 Stihl MS 460
6 Jarmo Laatikainen Finland Aktiv 639 0 116 186 239 1180 0 Husqvarna 576 XP
7 Amstutz Urs Schweiz Aktiv 644 0 128 174 229 1175 0 Husqvarna 576 XP
8 Durovich Valerij Belarus 1 Aktiv 611 0 110 198 244 1163 0 Stihl  460
9 Trabert, Marco Germany Aktiv 611 0 116 200 236 1163 0 Stihl 460 Magnum
10 Balciunas Romas Litauen Aktiv 629 0 110 187 234 1160 0 Husqvarna 372 XP
11 Capaross Yohann France Aktiv 615 0 128 192 225 1160 0 Husqvarna 575
12 Shkudrov Sergej Serge. Belarus 1 U24 614 0 130 182 233 1159 0 Stihl  460
13 Ole Harald L. Kveseth Norway Aktiv 592 0 132 192 241 1157 0 Stihl MS 460
14 Vesa Kurki Finland Aktiv 627 0 118 179 233 1157 0 Jonsered 2071
15 Schmidt, Dirk Germany Aktiv 618 0 122 185 231 1156 0 Stihl 460 Magnum
16 Greber Benjamin Austria Aktiv 631 0 128 170 226 1155 0 Stihl MS 440
17 Helvis koort Estonia U24 633 0 116 180 226 1155 0 CS 2171
18 Milan Zujić Serbia Aktiv 624 0 114 191 226 1155 0 STIHL 460  Mag
19 Øystein Koht-Norbye Norway Aktiv 608 0 132 178 236 1154 0 Stihl 460 Magnum
20 Karpavicius Gintaras Litauen Aktiv 649 0 97 174 233 1153 0 Husqvarna 576 XP
21 Peter Fox UK Aktiv 630 0 120 176 227 1153 0 Stihl 460 F1
22 Kobe Boštjan Slovenia Aktiv 633 0 118 185 215 1151 0 Husqvarna 376
23 Róbert Rittlinger Ungarn Aktiv 614 0 128 181 227 1150 0 Stihl MS 460
24 Essenstam, Arian Netherlands Aktiv 640 0 118 164 227 1149 0 Husqvarna 576 XP
25 Kampen van, John Netherlands Aktiv 607 0 120 186 236 1149 0 Stihl MS 460
26 Lerch, Orlando Schweiz U24 643 0 102 170 230 1145 0 Stihl  460
27 Ennemoser Karl Italy Aktiv 635 0 120 162 227 1144 0 Jonsered CS 2171
28 Edmunds Krisans Latvia Aktiv 635 0 98 175 235 1143 0 Jonsered 2071
29 Andron Anatolij Belarus 1 Aktiv 581 0 118 200 243 1142 0 Stihl  460
30 Biemmi Massimiliano Italy Aktiv 614 0 110 183 233 1140 0 Husqvarna 576 XP
31 Shvetsov, Ilya Russia Aktiv 594 0 118 193 235 1140 0 Husqvarna 576 XP
32 Hinteregger Roland Italy U24 609 0 122 173 235 1139 0 Husqvarna 576 XP
33 Dashugin, Vladimir Russia Aktiv 603 0 124 177 234 1138 0 Husqvarna 576 XP
34 László BAKÓ Ungarn Aktiv 610 0 116 167 242 1135 -20 Stihl MS 460
35 Gstöhl, Sigmund Liechtenstein Aktiv 605 0 102 191 233 1131 0 Jonsered 2171
36 šolaja Predrag Croatia U24 626 0 114 157 232 1129 0 Stihl MS 460
37 Gatis Brencis Latvia Aktiv 589 0 118 182 239 1128 -50 Husqvarna 372 XP
38 Olesk, Andres Estonia Aktiv 604 0 120 177 225 1126 0 CS 2171
39 Nesterovich Jurij Belarus 1 Aktiv 562 0 126 195 240 1123 0 Stihl  460
40 Čuk Robert  Slovenia Aktiv 589 0 126 173 234 1122 0 Husqvarna 576XP 
41 Martin Muttik Estonia Aktiv 604 0 100 195 223 1122 0 CS 2171
42 Illien, Arno Schweiz Aktiv 626 0 118 140 233 1117 -50 Husqvarna 372
43 Marius K. Hanssen Norway U24 583 0 122 177 232 1114 0 Stihl 460 Magnum
44 Eggenberger, Martin Liechtenstein Aktiv 591 0 104 168 239 1102 0 Stihl 460
45 Sulev Tooming Estonia Aktiv 564 0 126 189 223 1102 0 Stihl 046
46 Koch Johannes Austria U24 636 0 128 174 163 1101 0 Stihl 460
47 Rupnik Tadej Slovenia U24 583 0 120 168 230 1101 0 Husqvarna 372xp
48 Matthew Thomas UK Aktiv 652 0 76 164 207 1099 -20 Husqvarna  372 xp
49 Biloszewski Stanislaw Poland Aktiv 631 0 97 155 215 1098 0 Husqvarna 576 xp
50 Leichtfried Robert Austria Aktiv 559 0 108 195 232 1094 0 Stihl 440
51 Gnus Ivan Slovenia Aktiv 588 0 99 181 223 1091 0 Stihl 460 Magnum
52 Daniel Fortuna UK U24 611 0 92 157 230 1090 0 Husqvarna 576 xp
53 Penkaitis Povilas Litauen Aktiv 588 0 114 157 231 1090 0 Husqvarna 372 XP
54 Huster, Florian Germany U24 566 0 120 174 229 1089 0 Husqvarna 576 XP
55 Szala Roman Poland Aktiv 605 0 116 143 223 1087 0 Makita DCS 7901
56 Goran Miličević Serbia U24 633 0 106 124 213 1076 -80 STIHL 460  Mag
57 Umgeher Harald Austria Aktiv 611 0 122 176 165 1074 0 Stihl 460
58 Mr Richard Elliott UK Aktiv 649 0 106 182 133 1070 -100 Jonsered 2071
59 Goran Bojanić Serbia Aktiv 630 0 106 98 234 1068 -50 STIHL 460  Mag
60 Jacek Stochnialek Poland Aktiv 575 0 120 131 238 1064 -20 Dolmar PS7900 HS
61 Francúz Patrik Slovakia U24 548 0 98 182 235 1063 0 Stihl MS 460
62 Speidel, Kim Luxembourg Aktiv 598 0 108 157 200 1063 0 Stihl 460
63 Briechle, Gerhard Germany Aktiv 518 0 132 180 230 1060 0 Stihl 460 Magnum
64 Domashkin Sergiy Ukraine Aktiv 534 0 108 185 230 1057 0 Motor Sich 475 S
65 Varga Siniša Croatia Aktiv 521 0 122 163 251 1057 -30 Stihl MS 460
66 Tamás RÉPÁS Ungarn U24 533 0 116 168 238 1055 0 Stihl MS 460
67 Petitqueux Jean M. France Aktiv 593 0 106 190 161 1050 0 Husqvarna 576 XP
68 Maes, Jan Belgium Aktiv 576 0 110 140 217 1043 0 Husqvarna 372 sp
69 Nollet Camille France U24 542 0 130 146 225 1043 -20 Stihl 440
70 Wawrzak Adam Poland U24 649 0 102 142 146 1039 0 Husqvarna 576 XP
71 Herzog Jiři Tschechien Aktiv 581 0 93 161 200 1035 -40 Dolmar PS7900 
72 Stasiunas Gediminas Litauen U24 577 0 112 181 162 1032 0 Husqvarna 576 XP
73 Anatolijs Selivanos Latvia Aktiv 501 0 114 175 239 1029 0 Jonsereds 2071
74 Ole Ludvig Gjøby Norway Aktiv 548 0 104 153 222 1027 -20 Jonsered 2171
75 Ĉorković Milan Croatia Aktiv 567 0 124 176 158 1025 -20 Stihl MS 460
76 Wagner, Claude Luxembourg Aktiv 628 0 90 151 154 1023 -50 Husqvarna 372 xp
77 Kvasničák Tomáš Slovakia Aktiv 599 0 116 66 239 1020 -100 Stihl MS 460
78 Gantenbein, Marc Liechtenstein Aktiv 543 0 94 152 226 1015 0 Stihl 460
79 Dauphin David France Aktiv 547 0 130 165 164 1006 -40 Stihl 440
80 Miquel Casas Lopez Spain Aktiv 570 0 94 124 215 1003 0 Jonsered CS 2171
81 Sydorenko Oleksandr Ukraine Aktiv 623 0 112 177 90 1002 0 Husqvarna 576 xp
82 Vorlicek Jiri Tschechien Aktiv 564 0 122 79 235 1000 -100 Husqvarna 372 xp
83 Kukhta Volodymyr Ukraine Aktiv 502 0 106 175 214 997 0 Husqvarna 576 xp
84 Kukuc Jaroslav Slovakia Aktiv 450 0 132 180 234 996 0 Stihl MS 460
85 Hubert Barták Tschechien Aktiv 580 0 92 164 148 984 0 Husqvarna 371 xp
86 Kreins, Andre Luxembourg Aktiv 528 0 97 145 209 979 0 Stihl 460
87 Martins Kepitis Latvia U24 509 0 95 137 233 974 -20 Husqvarna 372 XP
88 Eigenraam, Harm Netherlands U24 556 0 112 121 180 969 -100 Stihl 460
89 Perveka Jaroslav Slovakia Aktiv 511 0 116 173 167 967 0 Dolmar PS-7900
90 Gautschi, Daniel Schweiz Aktiv 470 0 124 163 206 963 -50 Stihl 440
91 Jindřich Fazekaš Tschechien U24 511 0 104 121 223 959 -50 Husqvarna 576 xp
92 Ivanković Davor Croatia Aktiv 443 0 114 174 227 958 0 Stihl MS 460
93 Maeda, Tomohiro Japan Aktiv 554 0 100 76 224 954 -100 Husqvarna 576 XP
94 Akita, Mitsugi Japan Aktiv 520 0 95 134 201 950 -20 Husqvarna 576 XP
95 Kandel Sarah Luxembourg U24 476 0 95 156 221 948 0 Husqvarna 576 xp
96 Mirooshnyk Igor Ukraine U24 578 0 82 125 163 948 0 Husqvarna 365 
97 Lambregts Francois Belgium Aktiv 585 0 54 141 136 916 -20 Husqyarna 376XP
98 Gerard David Belgium Aktiv 573 0 82 41 217 913 -50 Stihl 660
99 Dragan Stojanović Serbia Aktiv 560 0 75 112 158 905 -50 STIHL 460  Mag
100 Shirakawa, Hiroki Japan Aktiv 454 0 48 124 214 840 0 Husqvarna 576 XP
101 Sneyers, Gert Belgium U24 452 0 100 141 67 760 -120 Husqvarna 576 xp
102 Agustí Malsió Jimenez Spain Aktiv 457 0 84 78 131 750 -140 Jonsered CS 2171
103 Jordi Anglada Serrasolsas Spain U24 315 0 94 128 211 748 -20 Jonsered CS 2171
104 Oriol Molà Fuster Spain Aktiv 435 0 0 99 199 733 0 Jonsered CS 2171
105 Elesban Witting Ecuador Aktiv 488 0 83 0 134 705 -120 Husqvarna 372 XP
106 Segundo Castillo Ecuador Aktiv 430 0 0 0 79 509 -210 Husqvarna 372 XP
107 Usay Duran Rivera Ecuador Aktiv 422 0 0 0 53 475 -270 Husqvarna 372 XP

 

Jukka Perämäki from Finland is in an extremely good shape and with a score of 1203 so far he has shown a stable and controlled performance so far. Being Scandinavian we also have great hopes for him performing well in Limbing. (Scandinavians have historically performed very well in this discipline over the years). Considering what we can expect from the limbing discipline, we would bet our money on either Jukka och Johann Raffl from Italy to win the total, but anything can happen. Johann looks like he is in a really good shape in will definitely do everything he can to receive the gold medal around his neck.

 

In the totals for the national teams the leader board looks like this:

1. Finland - 3540
2. The Netherlands - 3493
3. Italy - 3479
4. Russia - 3475
5. Hungary - 3468
6. Belarus - 3428
7. Lithuania - 3403
 

It looks lite the gold medals are already hanging around the Finnish necks, but one again: Anything can happen in limbing. Nerves can easily give you a mistake or two and then you fall pretty fast in the score board. Russia and Italy are going to do what they can to catch up and defeat the Finns. We'll just have to see if the are successful after the limbing is done!

A comment from the expert Anders Kragner:
I'm quite optimistic prior to the remaining limbing discipline. There is a good chance that a Husqvarna participant till take home the gold medal in the individual senior class total. Jukka Perämäki and Johann Raffl both have very good points and are both great limbers. The pressure of being in the top-5 will though increase the risk of mistakes, but hopefully they will have their nerves well prepared. The current score of the Finnish team is very high and if nothing too radical takes place in the limbing discipline, they will take the gold medal for national teams. 

26

Aug
0

Robert Cuk performs the technical disciplines

Here's a video clip of the Slovenian Robert Cuk performing all the three technical disciplines. Like you read in the last blog post, Robert was a bit behind in score since he made a few mistakes in the felling. The three disciplines of Saturday gave a better return for Robert, as you can see in the video.

26

Aug
12

Three Husqvarna participants in the technical disciplines

Yesterday, the group that had performed Tree felling and the group that had performed the technical disciplines on the Friday switched places. After all the Saturday performances all loggers would have performed four out of the five discipllines, prior to the showdown of WLC - Limbing. We took the chance to take a closer look at three of the Husqvarna participants performing the technical disciplines.

Johann Raffl, Italy
Johann performed well in all of the disciplines performed, including the Tree felling the day before. This makes him a major favorite to the total gold medal, since he's a very good limber. Apparently it has been heard that he has focused much of his practice on Limbing and it will be extremely interesting to see him race today. He seems to be in a great mood this weekend!

 

Robert Cuk, Slovenia
Robert had a really tough day yesterday, where he made a few mistakes in the Tree felling discipline. This resulted in him being 83 point after the leading logger after only one discipline performed. He did though perform well in all the three technical disciplines, but the gap will probably be too large for him to have a chance at the medals this year.

 

Max Biemmi, Italy
Just like Robert, Massimiliano "Max" Biemmi had a really tough Tree felling session during the Friday. The result from that effort had him 63 point after the leader. Also Max had a good run at the technical disciplines and we all cross our fingers an hope that he really can excel in the Limbing disciplines and even out the scores a little bit.

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