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The U.S. National Yo-Yo Contest, also known as the American Nationals or U.S. Nationals, is a yo-yo contest that was first started in 1993. It was held every year in Chico, California, home of the US National Yo-Yo Museum. It is a national competition which the winner is deemed number one in the nation. The event was traditionally held the first weekend in October. In 2015 and 2016 it was held at held at Redondo Beach, California in an attempt to move the contest around the country. In 2017 the contest was held in Chico, California again. After that the contest resumed its intention to migrate around the country, with 2018 in Chicago, and 2019 in Philadelphia.

Players can earn a seeded spot into the Championship 1A Finals, by winning one of the nine regional yo-yo contests authorized by the US National Yo-Yo League.

The contest is hosted by Bird In Hand yo-yo store in Chico and organized by Bird In Hand owner Bob Malowney.

In addition to the contest, they present US National Yo-Yo Museum awards and other honorary awards given to individuals who have contributed significantly to the yo-yo community.

It was announced about 2017 contest, that the competition after 2017 in Chico would be moved to early Summer and migrate cities again, so that it would be held before the World Yo-Yo Contest in the calendar year. Because of that the 2017 national champions were not seeded to any Worlds.

In 2020 and 2021 US nationals was cancelled due to the Coronavirus pandemic. The 2022 contest was held in person in Mesa Arizona, June 24-26, all other National Yo-Yo League sanctioned contests in 2022 including Regional events where cancelled due to the pandemic.

Current Champions (2022)

Past Champions

2021 (Cancelled via Pandemic)

2020 (Cancelled via Pandemic)

2019

2018

  • 1A - Evan Nagao
  • 2A - Connor Scholten
  • 3A - Alex Hattori
  • 4A - Ryan Connolly
  • 5A - John Wolfe
  • International Open - Luckey Yulin Li (China)

2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

2002

2001

2000

  • 1A – Takumi Sakamoto
  • 2A – Alan Batangan

1999

1998

1997

1996

1995

1994

1993

  • Championship 2A - Ryan Carver

National Yo-Yo Museum Awards

Past Nationals

  • American Nationals 2000
  • American Nationals 2001
  • American Nationals 2002
  • American Nationals 2003
  • American Nationals 2004
  • American Nationals 2005

External Link

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