Thursday, August 7, 2008


Elite Athletes Throw Down, Not In Beijing

NEW YORK (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Tomorrow (Aug. 8), the world’s most dedicated athletes will throw down, but not in Beijing.

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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