The new world yo-yo champion has been in the sport for 21 years!

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Remember when I told you about yo-yo champion Evan Nagao last October? Back then he had won Nationals. Now, I’ve just learned, he’s won the WORLD Yo-Yo Contest!! He said he’s been in the sport for TWENTY-ONE years!!

Here’s his winning performance:

I’ll ask the same question I did last year, what does it take to be this good?

Well first, start early…

That’s Evan, at 5 years old, on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno in 2001.

He started yo-yoing at age 1 and by age 3, had graduated to tricks where he would wield a yo-yo in each hand, Nagao said. His talent led to TV appearances on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” “Ripley’s Believe it or Not,” and “America’s Most Talented Kids.”

Nagao then took a six-year break to “just be a kid” before picking up the activity again in 2009 while on a family vacation in Los Angeles.

Yo-yos were the family business! Evan’s dad marketed them, so there were plenty around to pick up and play! His story is pretty spectacular… check it out.

Second, practice a lot. Evan says he practiced about three hours a day for five straight months before the championship!

Congrats again, Evan!


  • Wonderful blog in tribute to a beloved sport! Have a beautiful day Paul
    ???❤️♥️??

  • Helen Gircko

    I don’t know what could be cooler. And I will repeat my last year’s answer – for such results it is necessary to be born with yo-yo in hand. Well, so it is.
    If seriously, I join in the congratulations!