The U.S. Olympic Swim trials are a sell out and thousands will attend the event at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha later this month. Those attending the event or heading down to the Aqua Zone will be in for a real treat. The Hoeschler family was invited by USA Swimming to attend and promote their water sport – log rolling. Judy Hoeschler is the founder of Key Log Rolling and has been involved in the sport since she was a kid. She decided to take it to the next level.
Hoeschler says five years ago there were only a handful of programs. She and her family are responsible for bringing the sport to seven countries and there are nearly 400 clubs, camps, colleges and military bases nationwide now participating. That includes the University of Nebraska and Omaha Parks and Recreation.
Hoeschler says, “There are two people on the log for a match. There is a center line and you cannot step on the center line. You cannot touch your opponent. Judges start the match using a long pole to push you away from the dock so both loggers has control of the log and the first person to fall in is the loser. You do that three out of five times or four out of seven, whatever the tournament designates.
The Hoeschler’s are a family of world champion log rollers and will be demonstrating their skills and provide a chance for others to jump on a log and give it a try. The family is also working towards making log rolling the next Olympic sport.
Hoeschler says, “It will be a process of getting people learning and competing. Then we will apply to the International Olympic Committee and we are in the process of putting that all in place.
Coming to Omaha for any type of log rolling event is like coming home, according to Hoeschler. She says there was a very significant event in 1898 – the first unofficial log rolling championship was held at the Trans-Mississippi Exposition.