Takeshi has five XG medals (4 Vert / 1 Vert Triples). He spent most of the 2003 season trying to master the double flat spin, but the trick eluded him, and he repeatedly found himself in the bottom half of the top ten. Finally, in February 2004, he nailed the trick in Kuala Lumpur and took home the Asian X gold medal. Since then, he has picked up a silver medal (Cincinnati MSS) and a gold (Venice NISS). His progressive lip tricks and massive height make him the most well-rounded vert skater today.
If ever there was an example of how little conditioning and strength has to do with success in rollerblading, it is young Takeshi Yasutoko. At only 15, he is the youngest vert skater to medal at the X Games and his success is testament to the importance of technique and confidence over conditioning and strength. -Arlo Eisenberg