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THEY’RE ROLLING THOSE LOGS AT MIDDLEBURY

by Craig Altschul

Middlebury College students are into a different kind of competitive sport these days: logrolling, says the Addison Independent. Similarities, like technique and “equipment” are comparable between them and the lumberjacks who perfected the sport, but there are also visible differences: bathing suits replace plaid wool shirts and boots, and the competition is held in a pool. The three Hoeschler sisters all have taught logrolling at Middlebury college and all have won top national spots in logrolling championships.”Logrolling, as a sport, is a lot like learning to play an instrument, in that the learning curve is very steep,” said the sisters’ mother, Judy. All agree that it is a safe sport, as the logroller is pushed away from the log when falling off, thereby avoiding head injuries. It’s catching the interest of spectators and competitors. Summer Olympics anyone?

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Craig Altschul

About Craig Altschul

Craig Altschul is Editorial Director of SnoCountry.com. He is a veteran snow journalist, having covered the sport for more than 40 years. His syndicated snow sports humor column, Ski Tips, ran in newspapers across the country for 20 years. He was Global Editor-in-Chief for OnTheSnow for 12 years and has written for a variety of magazines and newspapers. Altschul is past president of both the Eastern Ski Writers Association and the North American Snow Journalists Association.

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