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The World Yo-Yo Contest (also known as Worlds or WYYC for short) is a contest held every year and it was organized by Infinite Illusions' Greg Cohen up until 2013. Currently, the International Yo-Yo Federation has taken over the contest and is now being held every year between Europe, Asia, and the Americas. Historically, from 2001 to 2013, the contest was held at the Rosen Plaza in Orlando, Florida on the first weekend of every August. At the end of the contest, seven yo-yoers leave with the title "World Yo-Yo Champion" in their division (A, AA, AAA, FH, OSArtistic Performance (AP), and Combined (CB))

History

In 1932, the very first World Yo-Yo Contest was held in England, where Harvey Lowe won the title of World Champion.

Although other, similar contests were held before 1932 were claimed to be "World Championships", they were sponsored by specific manufacturers to run as promotions for their products and are not generally recognized as genuine world contests.

In 1950, Cheerio held a large North American contest, which was not considered a world contest, yet one of the winners was known to refer to himself as a "World Champion".

In 1962, Duncan had 32 demonstrators on the road whom it claimed were "World Yo-Yo Champions", of which many had never actually entered any yo-yo contest.

In 1972, a yo-yo contest referred to as the "World Yo-Yo Championship" was held in Toronto, Canada, where it was won by professional yo-yo demonstrator Bunny Martin. However, this was not a genuine world contest.

In 1992, Dale Oliver brought back the World Yo-Yo Contest in its current format, with the first running at the International Jugglers' Association (IJA) convention in Montreal, Canada.

Since 2000, the World Yo-Yo Contest was run by Greg Cohen in Orlando, Florida, USA. In 2013, the World Yo-Yo Contest committee announced the contest would be taken over by the International Yo-Yo Federation and the contest would move between the Americas, Europe and Asia each year. Considering that there were those in the community who wished for the contest to be held in places with more exposure than at the Rosen Plaza Hotel's Grand Ballroom in Orlando, Florida, this was readily accepted.

The 2014 contest took place in Prague, Czech Republic, the 2015 contest was held in Tokyo, Japan, and in 2016, it was held in Cleveland, Ohio in the United States. The cycle of where the contest would be held would repeat between Europe, Asia, and the United States. In this way, the World Yo-Yo Contest could truly be considered an international competition.

In November 2015, it was announced on YoYoNews that the 2017 World Yo-Yo Contest would be held and hosted in Reykjavik, Iceland.

Current Champions (2016 - Cleveland, Ohio)

Past Champions

2015 - Tokyo, Japan

2014 - Prague, Czech Republic

2013 - Orlando, Florida

2012 - Orlando, Florida

2011 - Orlando, Florida

2010 - Orlando, Florida

2009 - Orlando, Florida

2008 - Orlando, Florida

2007 - Orlando, Florida

2006 - Orlando, Florida

2005 - Orlando, Florida

2004 - Orlando, Florida

2003 - Orlando, Florida

2002 - Orlando, Florida

2001 - Orlando, Florida

2000 - Orlando, Florida

1999 - Honolulu, Hawaii

1998 - Las Vegas, Nevada

1997

1996 - Rapid City, South Dakota

1995 - Las Vegas, Nevada

1994 - Burlington, Vermont

1993 - Fargo, North Dakota

1992 - Montreal, Canada

1972 - Toronto, Canada

1932 - England

Trivia

  • The 2000 Worlds, which was held at the Universal Orlando Resort in Orlando, Florida, had also marked the very first running of the World Spin Top Contest.


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