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Watch the World Yo-Yo Champion's mind-blowing routine

And you thought it was cool to "walk the dog."

The World Yo-Yo Contest, which does, in fact, exist, crowned a new winner this weekend in Prague. In "one of the closest contests in years," 18-year-old California native Gentry Stein edged out the competition with this mesmerizing routine:

Stein is the first American to win the 1A category (one yo-yo, one string) since 2008, and he beat out Japan's Takeshi Matsuura by a mere 1.5 points. While Stein's precise movements and impressive dexterity exude confidence and prowess, check out Matsuura's second-place routine below, and marvel at his fluid, graceful style. --Samantha Rollins

 
 
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