1st ever Winter Log Rolling Championship held on Half Moon Lake

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EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- For the first time ever, a Winter Log Rolling Championship rolled into Half Moon Lake this weekend.

JR Salzman, log rolling world champion

It's all part of Special Olympics' weekend with the Polar Plunge happening Sunday.

11 professional log rollers took to the Polar Plunge waters today with nothing but a log underneath their feet. It was all in support of the Special Olympics.

Organizer Karen Kraus said it’s something Visit Eau Claire wanted to do with Special Olympics since this fall.

“I thought, you know we're already going to have the ice cut, there’s a big hole in the lake, why not make Eau Claire, why not make our Polar Plunge the first place to have a winter log rolling event,” said Kraus.

One of the log rollers was JR Salzman. Salzman was deployed to Iraq in 2006. He said he lost his right arm when a Humvee was hit by a roadside bomb.

Up until his accident, he won six world titles in log rolling. But he didn’t stop there. We’re told Salzman won three more world titles since he lost his arm.

“Activities through sport and recovery through sport I think is key to a lot of people, especially with disabilities. Anytime dealing with disabled athletes, that’s obviously something that’s near and dear to me so I was excited to help out,” said Salzman.

Here is the schedule of the Polar Plunge on Sunday at Half Moon Lake:
Sunday, February 23, 2014
• 11 a.m.
On-site registration begins
• 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Plunge party inside the heated Family Entertainment Tent (concessions available)
• 11:50 a.m.
Opening Ceremony
• Noon-3 p.m.
• 3 p.m.-6 p.m.
Post Plunge party at Miami Steve’s (one free beer per 21+ Plunger)

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