Patrick Mitchell wears many hats. He started working at YoYoFactory 3 years ago and learned the business building yoyos and shipping boxes. He also traveled the world demonstrating his skills and love of yoyo. His current job title probably states ‘Sales Manager’ but he does way more than that. The fact he has time to keep his skills sharp enough to claim his second USA National title is amazing, but then again, so is Patrick.
The 2012 contest season has been full of amazing players and stories. None was more exciting then Gentry’s. A strong start At California States, then laying low for BAC. You knew he was holding onto some amazing stuff. Gearing up for Worlds was his focus and you could see it in each round. Playing it cool and not letting out to much, he rose through prelims and semi-finals in the middle of the pack. As he took the stage for finals the crowd was on the edge of their seats. After his stellar performance at Worlds, he only had one goal, US Nationals.
Harold Owens III isn’t one to be complacent. After an amazing win at 2011 at US Nationals he was the player to watch in 2012. But instead of getting by with his winning style of 2011 he started over. He completely rethought his approach and fine tuned what he wanted to do.
One of the things we really enjoyed about putting together the Champions Collection is working with players outside of the YoYoFactory Contest Team. Getting the chance to build a yo-yo from the ground up with multi-time World and National Champion Hiroyuki Suzuki was a dream come true. As part of our promotion of the new Hiroyuki Suzuki x YoYoFactory Equilateral we sent him to 44Clash Russia to show off our collaborative work.
44Clash Russia brought out the best from Europe, Russia and the rest of Asia. Among the top ranks was Daniel Budai. After an outstanding run at the European YoYo Championships in January, we brought Daniel onto the Team to hold is down in Hungary. Finishing out a great season in Europe with a top 5 placing sets him up for a great run in the 2013 season.
“Mr. Hulio” holds it down for YoYoFactory in Russia. Always placing high, always showing off something new, always on point. He’s also the Team manager for our players in Russia, and has a keen eye for the next champion.