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The Rubik’s Cube is one of the most popular puzzles in the world. Created in 1974 by Erno Rubik, a Hungarian sculptor and professor, the 3D combination puzzle is a fixture at most homes across the world. Solving the cube requires intelligence, patience, and also deftness. There are several tournaments in which people compete with each other trying to solve the Rubik’s Cube in record time. While most people use two hands to solve the cube, many experts use just one hand or even their feet to solve the puzzle.
Let us take a look at five of the most influential Rubik’s Cube solvers, so that we feel inspired to solve it too.
On the 24th of November, 2018, Du Yusheng created a world record for solving the 3x3x3 Rubik’s Cube in just 3.47 seconds. This Chinese speed cuber broke the record at the Wuhu Open 2018. The previous record was held by Feliks Zemdegs. Not much is known about Du Yusheng, but he already has a cult following across the world. Solving the cube in less than 4 seconds is no joke, and this youngster is truly inspirational.
Feliks Zemdegs is an Australian speed solver who currently holds the record for solving the cube in lowest average solve time. His record average time is 5.53 seconds, and it was set in Sydney during 2019. At just 24, he is another young achiever who also holds the record of being the only speed cuber to win the World Cube Association championship twice. He won the award in 2013 and again in 2015. The youngster also runs a website called CubeSkills, which teaches people to solve the Rubik’s Cube quickly and efficiently.
Max Park currently holds the record for solving the Rubik’s Cube in just one hand in 6.82 seconds. The record was set on the 12th of October, 2019 at the Bay Area Speedcubin’ 20 2019. He has set many other records, across the world and has won close to 297 events. Max Park has autism, and has used Rubik’s Cube to enhance his social and fine motor skills. A Netflix documentary “The SpeedCubers” features him. His story is truly inspirational, and he is a shining example of what one can do if one determines to achieve something.
Mohammed Atman Koli
If you thought people solved the Rubik’s Cube with just their hands, think again. Mohammed Atman Koli of India surprised everyone by solving the Rubik’s Cube with one feet in just 15.56 seconds. He set the record at the VJTI Mumbai Cube Open 2019, in the Indian city of Bombay. He has participated in more than 40 competitions and solved more than 2721 times. He set the record on the 21st February, 2020. On the same day, he also solved the Rubik’s Cube 110 times with his feet in just an hour. He now holds a Guinness World Records title for the same.
While solving the Rubik’s Cube with one’s feet is incredible, have you ever considered someone solving it blindfolded? Max Hilliard did just that and created a record for solving it in just 15.50 seconds. This included the time required to memorize the pathway too. He set this record on the 1st of August, 2019 at the CubingUSA Nationals 2019 tournament. Max has inspired many people to try solving the cube without looking at it ever. Many have noted how exhilarating it feels to solve the cube while being blindfolded.
These are some of the stalwarts of the Rubik’s Cube solving community. There are many more influential figures who are all experts in their own right. Some of the notable mentions include Graham Siggins, Patrick Ponce, Nicolas Sanchez, and Juliette Sebastien.
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