HILTON HEAD ISLAND, SC (WCSC) - The 3-D puzzle, the Rubik's Cube has been entertaining and challenging people for 40 years. But it's not that challenging for everyone. This weekend, July 31-August 2, a new Rubik's Cube champion will be crowned on Hilton Head Island at the 2015 U.S. Nationals. About 500 competitors will participate in the event where tenths of a second make all the difference.
The competition to be the Rubik's Cube national champion keeps getting bigger and the cubers get faster every year. In 2004, Jon Morris beat out 47 other competitors to be the U.S. champ. He solved the standard 3x3 cube in 20.06 seconds. In 2014, a 15-year-old name Collin Burns averaged 8.32 seconds to beat out 496 others to take the national title. Burns has since gone on to break the World Record in an eye-popping 5.25 seconds!
The championships include eighteen events including the 2x2, 3x3, 4x4, 5x5, 6x6 and 7x7 cubes. Competitors will also race to solve the Pyraminx, the Megaminx, the Skewb and others. They can even compete in blindfolded challenges. You can find out more about the U.S. Nationals here.
Eight participants from the Lowcountry will be competing in the 2015 U.S. Nationals. You can click on their name to see how they have performed at competitions.