The traditional springboard event makes it's debut this year at the ESPN Great Outdoor Games and will feature an international field of champions.
|Mitch Hewitt chopped his way to a gold medal in the 2000 springboard timber event.|
Typically one of the most grueling timber events, the springboard requires a number of specialized skills. Competitors must first chop notches in the side of an upright pole. Then they must set their "foot boards" into those notches. Once the board is set, they must climb up onto the board and repeat the process one more time. Now eight feet in the air and standing on a wooden plank sticking out of the side of a pole, the competitors must combine incredible balance and strength to chop a piece of wood that is attached to the top of their springboard pole. Time is called when they have completely severed the block of wood atop the pole.