2015 : Jake Elliot Wins World Yo-Yo Contest in Japan

August 17, 2022 all-day

The world has a new yo-yo champion, and he’s from west Michigan.

Jake Elliot, 20, is originally from Grand Rapids and went to Grandville High School. Now, he lives in Milford, where he works full-time for YoYoTricks.com teaching people how to yo-yo.

The annual World Yo-Yo Contest was held this year in Japan from August 13-17.

The 20-year-old pulled off the most narrow victory in world yo-yo competition history. In the exciting “Freehand” style of play, where the yo-yo is not attached to the player’s finger, Elliott edged out the six-time world yo-yo champion from Japan, bringing the title back to the United States for the first time since 2007.

For the full article, see Kayla R. Fortney, “Michigan man wins World Yo-Yo Contest in Japan“, Detroit Free Press,  August 20, 2015

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