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Lumberjack Champion Visits Wounded in Germany

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

By Joseph Andrew Lee 

At 12 years old, Matt Cogar was already a full-fledged lumberjack.

Now 26, Cogar has is the youngest STIHLTimbersports U.S. lumberjack champion ever. Still, he’s not about to forget his West Virginia roots or the peers who protected his freedoms while he chopped away at his goals.

“When my family learned that I would be competing in the world championships in Stuttgart, Germany, my brother-in-law who is retired Army special operations told me how close that was to Landstuhl Regional Medical Center,” Cogar said. “So when I had some downtime between press interviews, that was the first place I went. Our recovering troops need to know that they aren’t forgotten.” 

The USO Warrior Center at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center provides a place for wounded, ill and injured troops can relax and recharge while. Cogar stopped by the center Aug. 6 before visiting troops at their bedsides, signing autographs, handing out STIHLTimbersports hats and shirts and sharing stories. He then returned to the Warrior Center to enjoy dinner with the wounded.

“Getting to see the smiles on the faces of the troops at the USO was just so awesome,” Cogar said. “It was a very laid-back environment, and I could tell a lot of folks from my home state recognized me and I could tell by the laughter and smiles that I made the right decision by stopping in.”

Established in 1985, the STIHLTimbersports Series refers to itself as the “original extreme sport,” attracting the world’s top lumberjack athletes in a competition based on historic logging techniques. STIHL says the series is seen by millions of viewers annually in more than 62 countries. 

Cogar will return to Germany Oct. 25-26 to represent the United States in the STIHLTimbersports Lumberjack World Championships.

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