Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Canadian Yo Yo Wins World Yo-Yo Contest.
2010 World Yo-Yo Contest Winner
August 18, 2010
Jensen Kimmitt, the Canadian national champion, won in Category 1A (“1A-The player uses a long sleeping yo-yo to perform string tricks which usually require the manipulation of the string.”)
Kimmitt estimates he uses about 1,000 yards of yo-yo string in a year and wears out approximately 300 yo-yo's annually. He practices with the yo-yo 6 hours daily, follows a strict low fat diet, and spends another two hours of intense exercise with weights and running. He says yo-yo'ing is a tough sport and only those who are in top notch condition can compete successfully. Kimmitt says world class yo-yo'ers are under great pressure to succeed in order not to lose lucrative sponsorships, which can pay anywhere from 3 to 10 million dollars a year. He competes in yo-yo contests in 60-70 different countries each year and travels an estimated 300,000 miles per year. He speaks 6 languages.