As the 2013 STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Series World Championship quickly approaches, we had the opportunity to sit down with Team USA veteran competitor, Arden Cogar Jr. As a member of this year’s relay team alongside Paul Cogar, Dave Jewett and David Moses, Arden shared his thoughts, preparation and anticipations on how Team USA will fair in the relay and the individual competition featuring his cousin, 2013 STIHL TIMBERSPORTS U.S. Champion Matt Cogar.
STS: How have you been preparing for the World Championship?
AC: As a relay team member, I will be called upon to chop the underhand or standing block depending upon what is needed when the time comes. To be frank, 2013 has been my best year cutting underhands of my entire lumberjack career. In addition to winning the underhand at all three U.S. STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Series pools I competed in this year, I also have managed to win all but one underhand at the 15 contests I’ve competed in this season.
STS: Has your training changed at all from how you prepare for other competitions?
AC: I am concentrating solely on the chopping events. In addition, I’ve started my rigorous strength training regimen earlier than in previous years. It’s refreshing to have my clothes fit nicely during the late summer as I’ve grown accustomed to getting a wee bit chubby after too much traveling and improper eating. I’ve controlled that much better this summer and I hope that lack of “extra fluff” puts an extra step in my giddy up.
STS: What are you most looking forward to in your travels to Stuttgart, Germany with Team USA?
AC: I am really looking forward to visiting and performing STIHL TIMBERSPORTS demonstrations for our soldiers stationed at the U.S. Military Base in Stuggart. I am very proud of our servicemen and women and I hope we can give something back for everything they do for us.
STS: Where do you think Team USA will place in the relay competition?
AC: The relay event will be very interesting this year, even more so than in years past. There is very little separation between the top five teams on the chopping disciplines, meaning the single buck and stock saw will become very important to this race. I see Team USA in the top three, if not the top two after the time trials. I also see Team USA advancing to the semifinal round and facing either New Zealand or Australia. At that point, the team who puts forth the best effort in the stock saw and single buck will advance. I am truly thankful we have Paul Cogar, Dave Jewett and David Moses on our team. This will be a good year for Team USA. I can see it happening.
STS: What are your thoughts on how your cousin, Matt Cogar will do in the individual competition?
AC: The individual race will be extremely interesting this year as well. Matt Cogar is ready for this event. He has competed very well in all disciplines all summer. He is especially strong in the springboard and the underhand events. He should have no difficulty advancing to the final of six. What happens at that point is difficult to forecast.
The 2013 World Championship will be held in Stuttgart, Germany Oct. 25-26. Watch the entire event LIVE here on STIHLTIMBERSPORTS.US and follow the Series on Facebook and Twitter for behind-the-scenes World Championship action.