Holy cow, I’m up for an <a href=”http://espn.go.com/espy2005/index.html” target=”_blank”>ESPY Award!!!</a> You know, you’d think ESPN would at least <i>tell</i> you you’re a nominee for something like that. Since a lot of you coming here saw my name in the ESPYs, and since most people won’t just vote for someone they don’t know, I’ll give you a bit of info about myself.
<br><br>I started log rolling at the ripe old age of 5, back in 1985. Do the math, and that makes this my 20th year log rolling. I come from a family of 6, and also have 3 sisters that log roll. I’ve kept myself busy in the sport running the Hayward Log Rolling School for the past few years, teaching children as young as 3 how to log roll. By trade I’m a carpenter, although I’ve been sitting on my 90 college credits for about 3 years now. This year I’m finally going back to get my degree in Industrial Education, although getting deployed is an issue that continually looms over my future plans. I joined the Minnesota Army National Guard when I was 24 because I felt there was a higher calling, and that I needed to give something back to the country that has given me everything. It’s true I won all three of my events last year in the GOG. I credit a lot of that to being in shape from 4 months of PT at OSUT (One Station Unit Training, Infantry Basic Training and AIT all rolled into one long, painful, 4 month stint).
I’m currently tied with David Bolstad at 12 medals for the all time leading medal winner at the GOG. I’ve won 5 World Championships in the Men’s Professional Log Rolling and 3 in the Men’s Boom Run. Nothing in my sport has come easily. It seems like the more successful I am, the less popular I am, and the more people are willing to do anything to keep me out of a competition. I hate it when fellow competitors are dishonest, or when they try to change or manipulate rules to benefit themselves. The agenda should never be about you or me, it should always be how we can better the sport for <i>everyone</I>. To sum it all up, I just love to compete in lumberjack sports. After doing it for 20 years it’s hard to imagine doing anything else in the summer.
That’s about all I have to say as far as relevant info. (I could tell you I’m a cancer and enjoy late night walks on the beach but I’m not sure that would help with the voting.) If there is anything else you’d like to know about me before you make your vote, by all means contact me and I’ll do my best to get back to you. Keep in mind this is competition season, so it may be a few days before I can get to a computer and get back to you. Thanks for reading, and happy voting! To vote, for your favorite outdoor athlete, <a href=”http://espn.go.com/espy2005/s/05outdoorsportsathletenominees.html” target=”_blank”>click here</a>.