Our next interview for this year's US Nationals is with one of the most unique yo-yo players of the past decade, Anthony Rojas. Check it out!
Colin - "Hey, Anthony! Thank you for taking the time to answer some questions! My first questions is what is your goal for this year's contest!"
Anthony - "I'd just like to be in finals so I can do the freestyle I planned for worlds. Hitting all my tricks would be nice too. At least enough to where it doesn't take away from the performance."
Colin - "Great goal, I'm really hoping to see your routine you had planned. What yo-yo do you plan on using?"
Anthony - "I plan to use the CLYW Dune."
Colin - "Sweet. What round are you seeded to this year?"
Anthony - "I'm seeded to semi-finals."
Colin - "Awesome. What is your opinion on the new system in place for round structure?"
Anthony - "The system seems fair. Curious to see how it plays out though. I like how it gives people a chance to compete if they hadn't qualified elsewhere. Though, I'll miss being able to seed into finals via my regional."
Colin - "I agree, it'll be interesting to see something more structured than the previously used petitioning system. Starting from wildcard gives things a little more professionalism in my opinion than placing everyone in the same round to start, no matter what qualification. What inspired you for your freestyle? Any specific players or perhaps a different approach this time around?"
Anthony - "Nothing really new, but the song I'm using is probably the most inspirational factor this time around. I was having trouble making up a 3 minute freestyle this year, but the feeling of finding the right music usually helps and gets me hyped."
Colin - "I agree that using music you enjoy can make things more fun. My last question for you is who are you most excited to see?"
Anthony - "Interested to see how Bergy does after he did so well at worlds. Also, other players that didn't make worlds finals. And will Michael Nakamura get his first nats win?"
Colin - "Thanks for taking the time to answer a few questions, Anthony! Best of luck!"