10 June 2023 – USA’s Erin LaVoie destroyed the Underhand Chop world record to beat Canada’s Allison Briscoe in spectacular fashion to capture the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS® International Women Cup, with Aussie Jodie Beutel completing the podium in third.
LaVoie achieved the fastest time in two of three TIMBERSPORTS® disciplines including a mind-blowing world record time of 30:67 seconds in the Underhand Chop. The American finished four points clear of Canada’s Allison Briscoe, whilst Australia’s Beutel powered through to take the last podium stop.
Contested across three iconic TIMBERSPORTS® disciplines – Stock Saw, Single Buck and Underhand Chop, 12 elite female athletes went toe-to-toe in the adrenaline-pumping logger sports competition to determine who would be declared the winner.
American LaVoie marks early statement in opening discipline
Erin LaVoie, the early favourite, showed off her flawless accuracy to take the lead with a lightning-fast time of 11:40 in the Stock Saw. Happy with their first clean cookies in the opening discipline, Switzerland’s Yolanda Gnädinger trailed closely in second place, and Australia’s Jodie Beutel took third spot, registering a personal best time of 11:56
There were also three more personal bests set, including one by Monique Versaevel of the Netherlands, who performed admirably on her international debut.
Briscoe leaves no room for error with new world record in the Single Buck
Entering the competition as Canada’s first female elite athlete, Allison Briscoe showed who was boss by sawing her way to set a new world record in the Single Buck with a staggering time of 15:22 seconds – jumping from fourth to second in the overall standings, two points behind LaVoie. The American remained focused in her heat to retain her overall lead. Beutel continued her promising form, registered a personal best of 19:70 to remain third.
LaVoie triumphs with astonishing World Record in the final discipline
With the pressure on moving into the final discipline, the Underhand Chop, Briscoe gritted her teeth to achieve a personal best time of 52:63 seconds, pipping Chopperoo Beutel to second place. LaVoie surged forward, chomping to a new world record with a sensational time of 30:67 to take home the title.
Grinning from ear to ear, Erin Lavoie, the 2023 International Women Cup Champion said: “I didn’t expect the world record. But it’s always nice when you work towards these things, and they work out in the end. It was quite a nice feeling when I turned around to the screens and saw the time and the WR popping up. That was really cool.”
Allison Briscoe, speaking after finishing runner-up added: “There is an amazing group of ladies competing here today, so to be second on that podium is just an amazing feeling. The best moment for me, aside from making it on the podium, was the world-record in the Single Buck.”
An overwhelmed Jodie Beutel, who finished third on the podium commented: “To get to the podium at this competition is just amazing. All the ladies are just fantastic. For me personally, I’m very proud of myself for making it that far. And getting on the podium with the best of the world.”