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.
Paolo has really made this contest season his. He had a really strong early season, capturing local titles. Then, California States showed his potential. After that it was one solid freestyle after another. Once Worlds rolled around, he was ready. Making it all the way through prelims and semi-finals he held his own in Finals and had a stellar first time on the World Championship stage. Paolo secured a qualifier for Nationals, and was just shy of getting a full seed to finals.