The 2nd Annual International Yo-Yo Open & New York State Yo-Yo Contest is heading to the Big Apple Friday (Aug. 8) and Saturday (Aug. 9).
The competition will string along contenders from American, Swiss, Italian, and Japanese national yo-yo teams as they compete to be the ultimate yo-yo master.
Former yo-yo champ Pat Cuartero says to keep up with the competition, training is a must.
He says yo-yoing requires strength, flexibility, stamina, dedication, and passion like any other sport, so practice makes perfect.
Serious yo-yoers practice their tricks for hours on end even if it hurts.
Cuartero explains, The No. 1 injury is a yo-yo to the face, which happens if the string breaks. It can be very bloody and painful.
Although the sport is intense, Cuartero assures there will be no sabotage or a Tonya Harding of yo-yoing at the big event, just some friendly trash-talking.
He hopes yo-yo athletes are taken more seriously someday, and that yo-yoing is made into an Olympic sport.
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