We count down to WLC 2012 after a great triumph for Husqvarna Group in WLC 2010

World Logging Championship 2010 was a triumph for Husqvarna group.

Eleven of Eighteen medals in the individual sawing disciplines for seniors were won by Husqvarna and Jonsered chainsaws. We are already looking forward to the next Championship.

Until the next World Logging Championship in 2012, you can stay updated via Husqvarna Professional Forestry on Facebook.

See you in 2012!



The world champion of logging

Ladies and gentlemen, let us present to you the winner of the World Logging Championship 2010 in Zagreb, Croatia:

Andres Olesk from Estonia

Here's an interview with the winner right after the medal ceremony. Hannes Lokko from the Husqvarna crew helps us with the translation.

We from the Husqvarna Loggers Blog would like to congratulate Andres Olesk and Jonsered to the gold medal. We are very impressed! See you all in Belarus for the World Logging Championship 2012.



Summary of WLC 2010 in Croatia

After all the medals had been handed out, we just had to have a final analysis from our expert commentator and dear friend Anders Kragner from Husqvarna. We sat down just outside the venue where the medal ceremony was held and had a chat with him. Take a look at our conversation!



The medal ceremony of WLC 2010

It was time to go back to the Hotel I in Zagreb for the medal awards. The results was still uncertain and we were very exited to get to see who got to be the world champion. All participants were there, as well as everyone from the Husqvarna crew. The medals for the technical disciplines was handed out at the ceremony the day before (read about it here). Now we were about to see the medal winners of Tree felling, Limbing, Relay race, All events nation and All events individual.

In the Tree felling, one of our most famous loggers reached the very top: Johann "Hans" Raffl from Italy was rewarded with the gold medal. This was a really close fight, as many as four participants ended up with a score of 659 in this discipline and therefore the time had to set them apart. Hans beat the silver medalist Jean Michel Petitqueux with one(!) second and was the winner of the dicipline.

Here is an interview with Hans after he just got rewarded.

The young participant Florian Huster have been presented many times on the Husqvarna Loggers Blog by now and still we never got the chance to talk to him about his performance. But efter he received the gold medal for the U24 class in the Limbing discipline, we finally got a hold on him. It was a very happy Florain we met. Anders Kragner helps us with the translation.


Below you can find the medals of the second medal ceremony in Zagreb. Congratulations to all the winners!

All events

Professional class (seniors)

1.     Andres Olesk, Estonia – 1640

2.     Jean Michel Petitqueux, France – 1614

3.     Benjamin Greber, Austria – 1611


U24 class (juniors)

1.     Ole Harald L. Kvesetih, Norway – 1655

2.     Florian Huster, Germany – 1586

3.     Lerch Orlando, Switzerland – 1577


 Tree felling

Professional class (seniors)

1.     Johann Raffl – 659 points (02:18)

2.     Jean Michel Petitqueux, France – 659 points (02:19)

3.     Dragan Beretic, Serbia – 659 poins (02:36)


U24 class (juniors)

1.     Ole Harald L. Kvesetih, Norway – 644 points (02:19)

2.     Lerch Orlando, Switzerland – 644 poins (02:30)

3.     Roland Hinterregger, Italy – 640 points (02:38)



Professional class (seniors)

1.     Andres Olesk, Estonia – 448 points (18,10 s)

2.     Ole Ludvig Gjörby, Norway – 446 points (18,85 s)

3.     Biemmi Massimiliano, Italy – 434 points (16,70 s)


U24 class (juniors)

1.     Florian Huster, Germany – 444 points (19,00 s)

2.     Ole Harald L. Kvesetih, Norway – 442 points (19,60 s)

3.     Harald Umgeher, Norway – 424 points (19,36 s)


 Relay race

1.     Switzerland – 1262 points (01:58)

2.     Italy – 1257 points (02:03)

3.     Finland – 1255 points (02:05)



 All events - Nations

1.     Austria - 4749

2.     Italy – 4748

3.     Estonia - 4659



If you want to see the whole lists of results in all disciplines and totals, we recommend you to click on this link to get to the official site for the World Logging Championship 2010.

Once again, congratulations to all the winners in the WLC 2010!




The final heats of the Limbing

And so it was time do decide who's going to be the world champion of logging 2010. The last three limbing races consisted of the participants with the top ten total scores prior to this discipline. Of course it is possible that someone with a lower score performs a perfect race an thereby beats these ten, but it still very likely that someone with the best starting position will bring home the gold medal. Who will it be?

This is the standings before the Limbing discipline. As you see, not many points differ these participants. Every second is worth four points and every penalty is worth 20 points in deduction, so as you see anything can happen!

1. Johann Raffl, Italy - 1220
2. Ole Harald L. Kveseth, Norway - 1213
3. Hannes Herzog, Austria - 1211
4. Armin Tanner, Liechtenstain - 1199
5. Jean Michel Petitqueux, France - 1198
6. Marco Trabert, Germany - 1197
7. István Juhász, Hungary - 1196
8. Lerch Orlando, Switzerland - 1195
9. Andres Olesk, Estonia - 1192
10. Gerhard Briechle, Germany - 1184

The first of the three heats consists of four participants and the last two of three participants in each. As usual, we brought Anders Kragner to give us some expert comments on these exciting heats. A lot of people of course was very interested and it was sometimes hard for us to get everything on tape. But most of it are covered! So, if you are ready for the peak of excitement in the World Logging Championship 2010, just take take a look at the three videos below and enjoy!




Two great limbing races

The total score prior to Limbing, that determines the starting order in this final discipline, had resulted in giving us two great duels. Well, of course there are four participants in each race, but in these two races there are two loggers in each that you know very well. This gives us a little extra interest in these races.

Lars Strandell vs. Florian Huster

First out is a battle between the old and the young, the experienced and the newcomber. Closest to the camera you see the Swedish logger Lars Strandell, one of the most experienced participators of all time in the WLC. On the lane furthest away you see the young talent Florian Huster from Germany (read an interview with Florian here). This is going to be a close race. Who will come out on top? Take a look!

Gediminas Statsiumas vs. Lasse Kjaer
Many have stated that this year's World Logging Championship belongs to the junior participants. Not only did we get a world record set by a U24 participant this weekend (Ole Harald L. Kveseth in Fitting another chain), we are also struck by the way all the U24 results are definitely comparable to those of the senior participants. Two of our most interesting junior participants are these two: Gediminas Statsiumas from Lithuaniua, who managed to get a gold medal in the Bucking with combined cuts, are facing Lasse Kjaer from Denmark, who received the gold medal in Precision bucking. Interviews with both of them can be found here. Only two points set them apart in the total score prior to this discipline. Every second will be extremely valuable. Ready, set go!



Husqvarna limbing highlights

On the Husqvarna Loggers Blog we have highlighted a lot of loggers from all over the world, especially during this weekend in Zagreb. We then of course wanted to film some of the participants that you already know on their limbing performances. Below you can find three of our dearest Husqvarna/Jonsered users. Will they make it in the final discipline?

Domine Krese from Slovenia

The Slovenian logger had the starting numner 75 in the Limbing discipline (we hope you remeber the inverted starting positions relative the total score so far). With a total score of 1130 so far, Domine needed to advance. Take a look at his performance.

Arjan Essenstam from The Netherlands

This is our friend Arjan Essenstam, who you all know from Thursday's blog post where he helped us explaining the rules and strategy for all the five disciplines. If you want to, you can take a look at it here. Arjan then claimed the Limbing to be his favorite discipline. He didn't expect this weather though. Does it affect him? Take a look.

Ole Kjaer from Denmark

The happy Danish logger Ole Kjaer did manage to get rewarded with a gold medal for his achievement in the Precision bucking discipline. Take a look at an interview with him right after his Tree felling or take a look at his comments on the gold medal. Now he wants more! It's time to perform in limbing. Will he will more medals?



Husqvarna in Croatia

There are many people involved when it comes to events like the World Logging Championship. For Husqvarnas part, there is a lot of actions that needs to be taken care of: The large display area had to be built and staffed all the time, the participants needs a lot of assistance for their discipline performances and of course you also want to meet all the visitors and easpecially the visiting Husqvarna dealers and stakeholders. Many of the Husqvarna crew have travelled from Sweden to attend, but the event couldn't have been possible without the help from the Croatian partner and distributor Drezga Company, represented by Martina Drezga.

We let Anders Kragner, Martina Drezga and the marketing manager from Husqvarna, Sven-Erik Bengtsson, have a litte chat together the last day of the WLC 2010. Anders looks pretty comfortable in the reporter position. Maybe a future career?



Styrbjörn Kindströmer from Sweden in Limbing

Later in the afternoon, we took the opportunity to take a look at the talented Swedish logger Styrbjörn Kindströmer, who had the staring number 69 in the Limbing discipline. He had managed to get 1125 points prior to this, which had put him about hundred points behind the leader Hans Raffl from Italy. Now it was time to reduce this score gap and Styrbjörn was really psyched up to perform his very best.


We had a small chat with Styrbjörn right after the race, to talk about they way he experienced his effort. It's very important not to disturb the participants when they are in connection to their discipline performances, that's why we hesitate a little bit before approaching him.



Time for Limbing!

It was finally time for the Limbing discipline, the last of the five that counts into the total score. Limbing is together with the Tree felling the discipline where most points are at stake, which makes it extra thrilling!

To raise the bar on excitement even further, the staring postions are arranged so that the participator with the lowest total score so far starts first and the total leader starts last. 122 participants are competing and in the very top we have Hans (Johann) Raffl from Italy with 1220 points so far. This therefore give him the very last starting position (122).

We got to the competition area when Jukka Perämäki from Finland with the starting number 33 was about to perform the Limbing. Here you can take a look at his race and get an idea of how the discipline works.



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