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The sport of lumberjacks comes to College Park

The sport of lumberjacks comes to College Park

Abby Hoeschler Delaney, a champion log-roller from a family of rollers in Wisconsin, brought the sport of lumberjacks into the natatorium at the University of Maryland on Saturday, the final stop in her fall campaign to market logs without splinters and one day make log-rolling an Olympic event.

Seventeen competitors from six universities took part in a College Park first — a log-rolling tournament. They did what rollers have done since the first lumberjacks squared off in a contest of agility, balance and fancy footwork: Two competitors at either end of a floating log spun it with their feet, varying speeds and direction, never taking their eyes off their opponent’s feet, until one...

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