Robbie Weinstein, Juniors Championship winner
Robbie Weinstein took his best shot in his last chance to compete as an IJA junior, and won the event with the polish that comes from six years of practice. Weinstein finished second in the event in 1985, and at age 17 this was his last year of Juniors eligibility.
The Albuquerque, N.M., high school student opened with a ball routine that culminated with a five ball drop bounce switch to a force bounce. He did color changes in a five ring cascade, then flashed six rings. He did three club tricks, a four club shower and finished with a five club cascade.
Youth took second and third places. Oran Canfield, 12, from Berkeley, Calif., unicycled onto stage as a paper boy, juggling three rolled-up editions. The beat of a rap song signalled a switch in the routine that led him to some break dancing and three and four club work. Smiling and apparently at ease all the time, he juggled up to five balls, five rings and the diabolo.
The youngest competitor of all, 9-year-old Mark Bakalor, won the hearts of the audience and judges with his steady grin, knickers and spangled red bows on his shoes. Third place Bakalor executed a well-rehearsed, but technically simple routine with balls, rings and clubs to two Roaring '20s banjo tunes. In an innovative twist, the youngster also sang an adaptation of the song "Kids" from "The Music Man" that poked fun at hot young technical jugglers.
Mark Bakalor, cutest kid and third place Juniors finisher
Other competitors and highlights of their acts were:
Total Tech Perf age home town 1. Robbie Weinstein 71.25 15.90 26.85 17 Albuquerque, NM 2. Oran Canfield 61.58 13.85 23.10 12 Berkeley, CA 3. Mark Bakalor 53.67 7.40 24.80 9 Sunnyvale, CA 4. Tony Palomino 51.78 10.07 21.00 10 Portland, OR 5. Greg Bennick 39.88 12.73 11.20 6. Jonathan Austin 34.02 11.26 9.15 7. Kendall Gammon 32.30 11.88 7.50 17 Burlington, KS
Technical judges: Todd Smith, Rich DiGiovanna, Paul Bachman, Michael Kass, Alan Howard. Performance judges: Alexis Lee, Scott Meltzer, Ben Decker, Karen Grant, Mardene Rubio.