Chrissy Ramsey

Professional Competitor Bio

Chrissy Ramsey
Name: Chrissy Ramsey
Height: 5’8.5”
Birthday: November 14, 1974
Location: Selah, WA
Job: Veterinarian
Interests: Outdoor activities, gardening, crafts & sewing, reading, church activities and volunteering

How long have you competed in lumberjack sports?
29 years.

How did you get involved in lumberjack sports and when did you start competing?
I am a fourth-generation competitor. My father Alvie Marcellus, grandfather Leland Marcellus and great-grandfather Artell Marcellus competed along with uncles and great uncles. My sons and husband have competed as well. My first competition was in Orofino, Idaho when I was 16. But I was learning events prior to that. My uncle, Earl, owns the International Lumberjack Shows and I spent my childhood watching my dad and uncle put on exhibitions. I spent time in between shows just playing around with the events, later I became more serious. Watching my dad compete made me want to join in too. In college I restarted a team at Washington State University and participated in collegiate competitions. My dad really supported my interest and I moved to the professional division after graduating. In college there were equal events for men and women, but not in the professional division. Some previous women competitors advised me that they just entered the men’s division. A few other female competitors that graduated about the same time as me followed their lead, and eventually shows added in some women’s events.

How do you train for STIHL TIMBERSPORTS®?
Here in the Pacific Northwest, weather plays a factor in how I can train. I have my own outdoor covered training area that works well unless there is extreme weather. I have other competitors come practice with me as well in addition to training alone. It can be very helpful to have others watch you, and to watch them. Helping coach others helps me to see what I am doing wrong too. I practice each of the events, as well as training other TIMBERSPORTS events such as birling, OP, and jack and jill. My work helps keep me physically fit as being a veterinarian requires a lot of physical work each day. I’m currently rehabbing some injuries and PT is my additional workout. I mostly practice the events themselves to serve as both my strengthening and technique training.

What’s your best/strongest STIHL TIMBERSPORTS® discipline?
For STIHL TIMBERSPORTS®, I would say stock saw. However, I generally enjoy team sawing most.

What advice would you give to young female athletes interested in competing in the sport?
I would like to address all interested athletes. It takes considerable time and resources to get practice wood and equipment. Find someone who is willing to help train you, and develop a mutually beneficial relationship with them. Help them get wood and set up training equipment and grounds. Be prepared and get yourself physically fit for both sprint and endurance. Show up, and when you are there, be ready to put in some work. Listen, and then listen some more. It takes a lot more knowledge than just how to swing an axe or pull a saw. Listen to advice on how to set up, how to take care of equipment, and how to read wood. Not everyone learns the same way, so listen to multiple people, often they are saying the same thing, but in different words. Learn the right way from the beginning. Some techniques may feel awkward but really work at it before you decide it does not work for you. Consider paying particular attention to other athletes with similar build and body structure as yourself. Sometimes the best coach is not the best athlete, so don’t discount information from competitors that are not top place winners. Speed comes after good technique is established; so focus on technique! This is a sport that takes time and effort to learn, so don’t give up, keep working at it. Lastly, never stop learning, my 77 year old father is still competing and still asking questions and learning new ideas.