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Top lumberjacks and lumberjills to compete at STIHL TIMBERSPORTS

Swinging an ax and wielding a saw is a century-plus-old tradition in Oregon. The timber industry helped build the state, and lumberjacking used to be one of the biggest trades in the Northwest. So it’s surprising that the premier timber sports competition, the Stihl Timbersports Series, hasn’t been to Oregon … until now.

The top lumberjacks and lumberjills from all over the globe, plus some log-loving dogs, will be in Salem to chop and saw their way to a championship during the Oregon State Fair.

One of the top 32 competitors in the world is from little Idleyld Park, east of Roseburg, and he hopes to bring the title home to Oregon.

— Excerpt from OregonLive.com, August 27, 2010

eUpdate – STIHL TIMBERSPORTS, Wine Country Half Marathon, Warrior Dash

The world’s original extreme sport will be on full display starting this Friday as the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Series celebrates its 25th anniversary with the U.S. and Collegiate Championships at the Oregon State Fair in Salem. The STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Series features the nation’s best lumberjacks and jills, competing in ultimate tests of strength, endurance, stamina, skill and agility. Thirty-two chopper/sawyers, six collegiate competitors, eight boom runners and eight speed climbers will chop, saw, climb and run their way into the record books, all while celebrating the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS tradition during silver anniversary festivities. ESPN cameras have followed the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Series since 1985, making it one of the longest running programs on the network.

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Shaun White ‘tricks’ his way past Skate Vert rivals

Shaun White lived up to the hype surrounding his return to the Dew Tour on Sunday at the Wendy’s Invitational, posting a 93.5 in the third of his four finals runs to top defending tour champion Bucky Lasek (91.5) for the win in Skate Vert in front of 16,115 at the Rose Garden.

He did so with an array of creative combinations of flip tricks and spins that elicited the loudest crowd response of the afternoon, including a frontside fakie 540 to fakie 540 cab to 720 and the “Armadillo” — a frontside heelflip body varial 540 — a trick he debuted in a second-place finish at the 2010 Summer X Games.

With the win, White avenged that second-place finish behind Pierre-Luc Gagnon, who became the first skater to three-peat the X Games Skate Vert competition. Gagnon won the Dew Cup in 2008 and remains atop the tour standings despite his third-place finish (90.0) Sunday.

— Excerpt from OregonLive.com, August 15, 2010

eUpdate – Dew Tour, Softball World Series, JELD-WEN Tradition, Safeway Classic

Olympian Shaun White will join Ryan Sheckler, Dave Mirra and Jaime Bestwick to headline the list of action sports stars competing in the Dew Tour Wendy’s Invitational, tomorrow through Sunday at the Rose Quarter. Come check out the world’s best in skateboarding, BMX and freestyle motocross, along with an exciting festival village and live concert on Friday night, featuring Neon Trees and Paper Tongues. Broadcast live on NBC Sports, with additional coverage on USA and MTV, the Dew Tour is the world’s premier season-long action sports tour. Portland, always a favorite stop among Dew Tour athletes, is the only city that has hosted the tour since its inception six years ago. Get your tickets now to witness the best in action sports!

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Shaun White, Sheckler, Mirra to compete at Dew Tour

The Dew Tour returns to Portland for the sixth consecutive year for the Wendy’s Invitational, August 12-15 at the Rose Quarter. Neon Trees and Paper Tongues will co-headline the MTV2 Rock N Jock Concert Series at the Rose Quarter on Friday, August 13 from 9:00-11:00pm. Grounds Pass tickets are now available for just $15.

The Wendy’s Invitational will kick-off this Friday with BMX Dirt Finals followed by a concert with Neon Trees and Paper Tongues. Saturday will feature Skate Park Finals and BMX Vert Finals. The weekend will conclude on Sunday with Shaun White and the Skate Vert Finals, BMX Park Finals and freestyle motocross will complete the day with a step-up and best whip competition.

The star-studded field of athletes competing in this weekend’s Dew Tour Wendy’s Invitational includes reigning Dew Cup champions, Olympic gold medalists and X Games 16 gold medalists. Among them are:

Shaun White (skate vert): two-time Olympic gold medalist, summer and winter Dew Cup champion, X Games gold medalist Pierre-Luc Gagnon (skate vert): ’08 Dew Cup champion, X Games 16 gold medalist Ryan Sheckler (skate park): Three-time Dew Cup champion and X Games 16 gold medalist Garrett Reynolds (bmx park): Defending Dew Cup champion and recent X Games gold medalist Dave Mirra (bmx park): BMX legend and second in last season’s Dew Cup standings Brett Banasiewicz (bmx park and dirt): BMX rising star and 1st place BMX Dirt finisher at last month’s Nike 6.0 BMX Open.

In skate vert, Shaun White will battle it out with Pierre-Luc Gagnon, along with vert veterans Bucky Lasek, Bob Burnquist, Sandro Dias and Andy Macdonald. Ryan Sheckler will look to secure a win in skateboard park against the likes of Greg Lutzka, Paul Rodriguez and Chaz Ortiz.

Garrett Reynolds hopes to take home the Dew Cup again in 2010 and will compete against comeback-kid Mike Spinner, veteran Dave Mirra and fellow X Games 16 gold medalist (BMX park) Daniel Dhers. Out on the dirt course, 2009 BMX Dirt Dew Cup Champion Ryan Nyquist is set to face Dennis Enarson, TJ Ellis, and 15-year-old rising star, Brett Banasiewicz. Banasiewicz has been dominating the BMX scene in both park and dirt since his debut in 2009. Jamie Bestwick is ready for a six-peat in BMX Vert, holding onto the longest winning streak in Dew Tour history.

14 countries from around the world will be represented at the Dew Tour’s Wendy’s Invitational. The complete list of countries includes:

Australia
Germany
Belize
Great Britain
Brazil
Italy
Canada
Mexico
China
Puerto Rico
Denmark
Venezuela
Finland
United States

The Wendy’s Invitational schedule of events is as follows:

Thursday, August 12th – Gates Open at 2:00PM
3:30PM – 5:00PM SKB Vert Prelims
5:30PM – 7:30PM SKB Park Prelims
7:00PM – 9:00PM BMX Dirt Prelims

Friday, August 13th – Gates Open at 3:00PM
3:00PM – 4:30PM BMX Vert Prelims
7:30PM – 9:00PM BMX Dirt Final
9:00PM – 11:00PM Neon Trees and Paper Tongues Concert at Rose Quarter

Saturday, August 14th – Gates Open at 12:00PM
1:00PM – 3:00PM SKB Park Final
4:00PM – 6:30PM BMX Park Prelims
7:00PM – 8:00PM BMX Vert Final

Sunday, August 15th – Gates Open at 12:00PM
1:00PM – 3:00PM SKB Vert Final
3:30PM – 4:30PM BMX Park Final
5:00PM – 6:00PM FMX

***SCHEDULE SUBJECT TO CHANGE***

For those not able to attend the Wendy’s Invitational in Portland, you can catch in on NBC and USA all weekend long.

NBC, Saturday, Aug. 14, 4-6pm EDT, Skate Park Finals
NBC, Sunday, Aug. 15, 4-6pm EDT, Skate Vert Finals
USA, Saturday, Aug. 14, Midnight-1am EDT
USA, Sunday, Aug. 15, 2-3am EDT
USA, Monday, Aug. 16 7-8am EDT

Schedule is subject to change, so please check your local listings.

In addition to world-class competitions, the four -day event will include an interactive Festival Village featuring Mountain Dew and FUEL TV’s Green Label Experience, the Nike iD program where fans can customize their own pair of shoes, the NERF Dart Tag World Championships, free product giveaways, demos of the latest Sony and PlayStation games and electronics and athlete autograph signings.

Tickets for the Wendy’s Invitational are available through Rose Quarter Box Office, participating Safeway/TicketsWest locations, online at ComcastTIX.com and by phone at 877.789.ROSE (7673). Visit www.Allisports.com for more information.

Friday, Saturday and Sunday Action Zone tickets cost $100 for adults and children and provide access to priority reserved seating for all finals. Additionally, Action Zone ticket-holders receive Dew Tour merchandise, a behind-the-scenes tour, athlete autograph session, merchandise discount coupon, Fast Pass access into all venues and interactive areas and cold Mountain Dew. Reserved seating tickets are $35 for children and adults and guarantees seating for all finals competitions. Grounds Pass tickets cost $15 for adults and $7.50 for children. Receive a FREE Thursday grounds pass ticket with every Friday-Sunday ticket purchased.4 day ticket packages are also available.