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J.R. Salzman
J.R. Salzman, left, won his second gold of the Games during the log-rolling event. His sister Tina also won in log rolling.
Lumberjack medalists in the ESPN Great Outdoor Games continued their domination in sawing and cutting events at the recent 43rd annual Lumberjack World Championships at Lumberjack Bowl in Hayward, Wisc.

Five new world records were set in the chopping and sawing finals, while JR Salzman of Hayward, Wisc (two-time Great Outdoor Games gold medalist) won his fifth men's logrolling title and his sister, Tina Bosworth of Lake Geneva, (Great Outdoor Games gold medalist) won her record ninth women's logrolling championship.

New Zealand's Jason Wynyard (gold and bronze medalist) captured his fourth consecutive Tony Wise All-Around Lumberjack title, and Penny Halvorson (gold and silver medalist) of Alma Center, Wis., won her fourth All-Around Lady Jill title.

A highlight of the weekend came on Sunday when Nancy Zalewski of Plymouth, Wis., broke the world record in winning the women's single-buck crosscut sawing event, sawing through a 16-inch white pine block in 14.62 seconds.

In the men's logrolling final, JR Salzman (2003 bronze medalist) defeated Darren Hudson of Nova Scotia (2003 gold medalist) three falls to none. He avenged a loss to Hudson at the Great Outdoor Games in Lake Placid, NY, where Hudson won the gold medal.

Tina Bosworth (2003 gold medalist) defeated Mandy Erdman of La Crosse in the women's logrolling finals, three falls to none. Erdman came back to win the women's boom run later that afternoon.

Jamie Fischer (2003 gold medalist) of Stillwater, Minn., won the men's boom run.

Tony Bush of Kalispell, Mont., won the 60-foot traditional speed climb, and Guy German of Columbus, Neb., won the 90-foot up-and-down climb, his third speed climbing title at the LWC.

Hayward's Dustin Beckwith, who won the 90-foot climb last year, broke a bone in his leg in this year's semifinals on Saturday. He had surgery that night at the Ashland hospital and returned home. He had injured a wrist in the Great Outdoor Games two weeks earlier in Lake Placid, but still competed at the Lumberjack World Championship.

In the amateur logrolling, Lauryn Schroeder, 8, of Hayward took first in the Junior Girls division to win her third title, and her older sister, Alyse, won the Intermediate Girls division to capture her second title.

Another indication of how close the competition was came in Saturday's Jack and Jill semifinals. In the first heat, Alma Center's Rick and Penny Halvorson broke their own world record (7.23 seconds) by sawing through a 20-inch white pine block in 6.90 seconds.

But in the next heat, four sawyer teams broke the record which the Halvorsons had just set: Dion Lane and Alyson Clarke, 6.86; J.P. Mercier and Denise Carlson, 6.74; Dave Jewett and Sheree Taylor, 6.60; and Jason and Karmyn Wynyard, 6.34.

The Halvorsons went on to win the Jack and Jill finals in 6.81 seconds, still ahead of last year's world record.

Nine-time international men's logrolling champ Phil Scott of Nova Scotia was interviewed during Sunday's show. He may be the only person to compete at the Lumberjack World Championship who actually participated in a river log drive as a "river pig." In the mid-1950s, his father brought a log drive down the river every spring, and Phil and his brother, Fred, participated. "It was just an awesome experience," he said.

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