Lumberjacks Cap Off World Championships

By KBJR News 1

July 26, 2014 Updated Jul 26, 2014 at 11:16 PM CDT

Hayward, WI (NNCNOW.com) --- More than 100 athletes wrapped up competition at the 55th Annual Lumberjack World Championships on Saturday, putting a close to the three-day event in Hayward, Wisc. that features participants from all over the world.

Some competitors came from as far as New Zealand, but most live in the United States including Michael Hattershide and Leah Burns.

Hattershide, a speed climber from Oregon, and Burns, a log roller from La Crosse, Wisc., are still considered fairly young to be competing against the world's best, but they couldn't imagine doing anything else.

"You can come down, and get your adrenaline pumping," Hattershide said. "You come down the pole so fast that your hands are on fire from all of the friction from the tree, and I love it."

"It's a mental sports," Burns said. "So if your head's not in it, it's going to make it a lot harder even if you're physically fit to stay up there."

Posted by Sarah Wheeler
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