In very few pursuits is a 17-year-old at the peak of his field, but apparently solving a Rubik's Cube has nothing to do with age.
Feliks Zemdegs, 17, recently took home the crown at the 2013 Rubik's Cube World Championship in Las Vegas thanks to an astoundingly quick 7.36-second solve.
Zemdegs won $3,000 for beating out the more than 500 other competitors. Here's his super fast solve:
Zemdegs has actually solved a cube in 5.66 seconds before, so his 7.36 second dandy wasn't a world record, but it's still pretty impressive. By comparison, the world's fastest robot can solve a Rubik's cube in about 5.3 seconds.
If Zemdegs' performance inspired you to pick up a Rubik's Cube, you may be interested to know that you too have the ability to solve it quickly. According to Tyson Mao, co-founder of the World Cube Association, everyone should be able to solve the puzzle in under one minute.
"The secret to speedcubing is no different than the secret to chess – or to cooking," Mao said, according to The Telegraph. "It’s practice. It takes some innate talent to be one of the world’s best, but with time and dedication, I do believe that anyone can solve the Rubik’s Cube in under 30 seconds.’