Our own Patrick Borgerding got a great write-up in his local paper, the Redondo Beach Reader. Excerpt of the article is below, as well as a link to the full piece. Congratulations, Patrick!
Patrick Borgerding took a deep breath to calm his nerves.
He knew what he was doing – he held, and still holds, the title of national yo-yo champion – but still his body was shaking. White stage lights blinded his vision.
He knew that beyond them sat a panel of 10 judges who would be meticulous in their evaluation of a three-minute routine he had been ardently practicing for months.
He also knew that beyond them was a jam-packed room of more than 2,000 spectators.
In the 12 months leading up to that moment, he had devoted more than 300 hours to yo-yo practice. The song he was using as a soundtrack for the routine he was about to perform had a play count of 1,400 on his iTunes
It was early August, and the 19-year-old Redondo Beach native was in Florida, standing onstage at the World Yo-Yo Contest. He knew that his final score depended on his ability to wow the audience – that’s why he had incorporated a number of “flashy tricks” – and his technical execution.
Borgerding launched into the routine that he had been fine-tuning and dreaming about for months. Three minutes later, the room rose in a standing ovation. He knew he had pulled it off.
Read the full article online at EasyReaderNews.com.