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