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Engasser's golden Endurance
By Guy Clifton
ESPN Outdoor Games staff

RENO, Nev. — Clutching her gold medal from the Women's Endurance at the 2003 ESPN Great Outdoor Games Friday, Peg Engasser did a quick time zone calculation and her broad smile grew even wider.

Peg Engasser
New York's Peg Engasser finished the gold metal match in 1 minute, 40.62 seconds.
"He's probably in bed right now," she said of her husband, Dave, at home in Cortland, N.Y. "I need to call and wake him up."

Engasser, who defeated Michele Bolstad of Taumarunui, New Zealand in the gold medal match, was sure her husband wouldn't mind. Engasser finished in 1 minute, 40.62 seconds to Bolstad's 1:46.85.

"It feels good," she said. "With this field, just to make it past the second round was tough. It feels great to win it."

Engasser, a forester by trade, did it in impressive fashion, making virtually no mistakes in the three-event endurance competition. Competitors in the Women's Endurance first cut two rounds from a 16-inch log with a stock chain saw, advance to an underhand chop station and then back to the log to cut another 16-inch biscuit using a single buck saw.

"With the exception of the back of the underhand chop, I thought I did pretty well," she said. "Having the problem in the back meant I didn't do a good enough job in the front."

She said she tried to stay smooth throughout each event.

"I tried to stay smooth and just forget about Michele, which I couldn't do," she said. "I could see her out of the corner of my eye."

But Engasser had a solid head start in the single buck and had no hang-ups to slow her down.

Bolstad, who a day earlier had defeated defending gold medalist Sheree Taylor of Te Aroha, New Zealand, in the quarterfinals and Karmyn Wynard of Aukland, New Zealand in the semifinals, was pleased to take the silver. Both she and her 14-month-old daughter, Brooke, had been battling the flu since coming to Reno.

At the conclusion of the gold medal match, she hugged her husband, David, who won a gold medal earlier in the day in the men's springboard competition.

Wynard won the bronze medal with the fastest time of the evening competition, edging Amanda Beams of Exeter, Tasmania, New Zealand by just less than 2 seconds. Wynard finished in 1:39.77 despite a tough time in the single buck and Beams in 1:40.62.

"I kept on hooking up at the bottom (in the single buck)," Wynard said. "I think I was pushing too hard."

Final Results — Women's Timber Endurance

1. Peg Engasser Cortland, N.Y.
2. Michele Bolstad New Zealand
3. Karmyn Wynyard New Zealand
4. Amanda Beams New Zealand
5. Sheree Taylor New Zealand
6. Nancy Zalewski Plymouth, Wis.
7. Marry Ann Karp Newark Valley, N.Y.
8. Tina Scheer Hayward, Wis.