I completely agree with the decisions of Andre, Jensen, and Mickey, I also like to add a few more reasons to why these guys are on the list
However there are certain other players I’d also like to recognize.
Shinji Saito: 12 time world Champion (not including titles in the 3 combined division titles he’s won), his yo-yoing has set up a legend and a legacy within the world yo-yo contest “hall of fame” so to speak. He’s become the yo-yoer that everyone knows and if you look up 2A, he’s most likely to show up with Alex Garcia.
Ben McPhee and Yo-Hans: Sure, there are some of those that bag on YoyoFactory but let’s be honest. Yo-Hans started off as a yo-yo guy that just did little shows and such but still a legendary pro. He and Ben built YoyoFactory up from the ground and got it to where it is today. Also, Ben’s a boss at 2A
Josh Yee: The name any yo-yoer in America has heard at least once in their journey. A player that’s good enough to be sponsored, he chose to reject that offer and people question that decision. He’s a player who really helps the community directly as much as he can through his own resources and ability. Don’t forget that Josh aims to be good in every professional style of yo-yoing so if they ever bring back the combined division, he’s a contender.
John Ando and SHAQLER: These guys revolutionized on stage Team Yo-yoing, nuff’ said through that they have become so close that not many of them compete alone on stage much anymore.
Dr. Yo-yo (Chris Allen): He’s a guy that has influenced this community so much. As a professional yo-yoer, business office worker, but most importantly a Father, he has shown that you can balance responsibilities and your hobby as an adult. His news site has helped so many new and advanced players and his review has set the standards on what a professional review is like. Thank You Chris Allen!
The 5 Grandmasters: Nuff’ Said
Zammy Ickler: The philosophical punk rocker looking yo-yoer of Wisconsin! Always trying to come up with fresh and new 1A that are technical and simple. Despite not being much of a competitor, he has become one of the most influential yo-yoers in the community in terms of attitude.
Brett Grimes (spelling?): The yo-yo player who works in the shoe store. His strive to keep learning and teaching lands him a spot on pro teams despite not being a competitor. Just like Mickey, he created his own company. But before that, he has given the community plenty of opportunities to try out new yo-yos and teach new players the ins and outs of the community.
Andre: Creating such a community friendly forum allows new players to easily get into yo-yoing without frustration and rage quitting while being a pro player.
Mickey: Mickey is a character. His style (fashion included) has evolved over the years into something that’s completely BA and full of swag…the good kind. He kinda defines the saying “if it ain’t broken, don’t fix it.” All his signature series yo-yos are also different with each model with the idea to fit every player, not just players with similar tastes to his own. Then he starts a company and single-handedly creates so much hype thanks to his reputation.
Jensen Kimmitt: The Man with the beard and the Canadian of mystery. Pulling off a perfect 2010 season, and pulling off a nearly flawless world champion freestyle. Like any great artist, his winning style has caused so many players to want to copy him and now almost all players have a little bit of him. Also, like any great artist, he fell into emotional depression and quit his professional career, yo-yoing only as a hobby. His depression helped the community see this great sport more as an art and we shouldn’t take it so seriously. Then he finally pulled off a disappearing act, leaving no more evidence of his yo-yoing online and is now a complete legend