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By: Bryan Osegueda

 

Cup stacking, also known as sport stacking or speed stacking, is a sport in which a team or individual stacks cups in the least time possible. The competitions are held by WSSA (World Sport Stacking Association). Participants stack cups in different sequences and build pyramids of 3, 6 and 10 cups. They compete against the clock or another participant.

            There are three main categories in the WSSA tournament; individual, double and relay. In the individual section, a participant stacks cups in the assigned sequences in the least time possible. In double, participants compete against each other stacking pyramids of 3, 6, or 10 cups. Whoever finishes first, wins. In the relay category, four participants stack cups as quickly as possible and a judge decides which of the four demonstrated the most agility.

            William Orrell set the world record for the 3-3-3, 3-6-3 and the cycle pyramids in 2014. He finished the 3-3-3 and the 3-6-3 pyramid in 1.6 seconds. This was not all that surprising to judges since the previous world record had been 1.841 seconds. What caught the judge’s attention was when he set a world record for the cycle, the hardest sequence of cup stacks. He finished the cycle in 5.000 seconds. You can check out this amazing act of human speed and dexterity on YouTube.

 

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