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Turning the Caber

hugerobb

hugerobb

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Sep 15, 2010
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Description: The caber is basically a log that athletes attempt to flip end-over-end. The caber is judged by the straightness of the turn by the head judge, who follows behind the athlete to get the best view.

A perfect execution is called a "twelve o-clock turn," where the caber falls straight away from where the athlete released it. The terminology derives from the release point being at the "6" and the caber planting at the center of an imaginary clock face. Then the caber becomes the hour hand upon landing. In a 12-o-clock toss, the caber falls away from the thrower and the caber forms a straight line through the thrower. Sometimes the caber falls off slightly to the side. This may be a 10-o-clock, or 11:30, etc. Note that in scoring, a 10:00 is equivalent to a 2:00. If the athlete fails to turn the caber, the side judge estimates the maximum angle that the caber achieved from vertical (from 0 to 90 degrees).

Origin: There are many myths about how this originated, but it was probably just interesting to see who could flip a giant log.
 
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