Wednesday, August 3, 2016

The 2016 World Yo-Yo Championship Is In Cleveland This Week and You Should Go (Or At Least Watch Live Online)

Posted By on Wed, Aug 3, 2016 at 4:06 PM

click to enlarge COURTESY 2016 YO-YO CONTEST
  • Courtesy 2016 Yo-Yo Contest
All of the best yo-yo experts (yo-yoists?) in the world are in Cleveland today and will be plying their skills through August 9th at the Renaissance hotel downtown.

"We are excited to showcase the sport of yo-yo’s top competitors and provide a substantial $1.5 million boost to the economy," said Jeff Pacini of the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission Vice President of Business Development in a statement. 

Hundreds of competitors from 30 countries are participating this year showcasing five types of yo-yoing: 1A (single yo-yo), 2A (double yo-yo looping), 3A (double yo-yo sleeping), 4A (offstring) and 5A (counterweight). Counterweight style of play was invented by Northeast Ohio native Steve Brown, don't ya know.

Here's one of the contestants in action: 

You should go check it out in person but if you can't, here's a livestream of the competition. (The full schedule of events is here.)

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