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:

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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.’

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The challenges are aplenty in the world of running. There are 10Ks, marathons and even ultramarathons. But all of those pale in comparison to a competition currently being staged in New York.

As you read this, 12 runners are completing a 3,100 mile (yes, you read that right) race around a single block in Queens. The competition, which can last up to 52 days, involves runners doing 5,649 laps around the .54 mile block of Grand Central Parkway and 84th Avenue.

Dubbed the Self-Transcendence 3,100 Mile Race, the competition was started by the famous Bengali spiritual guru Sri Chinmoy. The location was chosen because of its proximity to the "self-transcendence" movement's spiritual center.

To complete the challenge, which involves running at least 60 miles a day while avoiding pedestrians, construction sites, dog feces and other obstacles, runners must be as strong mentally as they are physically.

“It’s like Mount Everest," Sahishnu Szczesiul, one of the race directors, told Business Insider. “It’s there and people want to climb it.”

Many of the competitors will run from 6 a.m. until midnight, and they only take two to three half-hour breaks during the day. Organizers mark their progress on a clipboard and hand out food and drinks. Szczesiul told Business Insider that runners consume between 7,000 and 10,000 calories per day and are limited to vegetarian items. Most of the runners are followers of Chinmoy, who advocated a vegetarian diet.

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Some 6-year-olds are still hitting baseballs off a tee.

Not Spencer Conn.

Conn is the star of a new viral video, which features him bashing five home runs over a 120-foot fence. And if that wasn't impressive enough, the five home runs supposedly come on the first pitch of five consecutive at-bats. The feat takes place over two games (three home runs in one and two in the next).

Now, as with all YouTube videos, we must be wary of this clip's authenticity. Such a performance by a youngster sounds mind-boggling, but, hey, we've learned to never underestimate 6-year-olds.

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In an era when fans and TV networks are honing in on fast and action-packed sports like football and basketball, golf is having some trouble with the pace of its game.

This year the problem has been exacerbated by a pair of rare but costly slow-play penalties in two of the major tournaments. First, at the Masters in April, promising 14-year-old Guan Tianlang was assessed a one-shot slow play penalty in the second round that nearly cost him the weekend at Augusta.

Then, during last week's British Open, Hideki Matsuyama was slapped with a much more consequential slow-play punishment. The one-stroke penalty that Matsuyama picked up on Saturday ended up setting him back about $143,000 in winnings.

In the wake of Matsuyama's penalty, a Hall of Famer has proposed a novel idea that, if adopted, would accelerate the pace of the sport and help golfers avoid these costly punishments.

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It was a bittersweet year for the New York Knicks. Carmelo Anthony and Co. advanced to the second round of the postseason for the first time since 2000, but there the Knicks fell flat against the Indiana Pacers, losing in six games.

With a tricky salary cap situation this offseason, the Knicks made a risky trade for enigmatic Toronto Raptors forward Andrea Bargnani, sacrificing sharpshooter Steve Novak and several draft picks. New York also re-signed J.R. Smith for three years and picked up Los Angeles Lakers castoff Metta World Peace. Before last week's ESPYs, head coach Mike Woodson discussed the team's moves and its upcoming challenges.

ThePostGame: What are you looking forward to about this upcoming season? You made some new additions – Metta World Peace, Andrea Bargnani …
MIKE WOODSON: Well we’ve added some nice pieces through free agency. And the key to a great season is that you’ve got to stay healthy, and you’ve got to play the games. Everybody has gotten better in the East – Brooklyn particularly with the moves they’ve made – but again, only time will tell.

TPG: A lot of teams, like the Nets as you mentioned, have made improvements this offseason. What do you think the Knicks have to do to adjust to be competitive with those teams?
WOODSON: Again, we’ve made some changes with our ballclub, and the East is better. Only time will tell, and we’ve got to get to the games and let the games play out and see what happens.

TPG: What is your most memorable moment in sports?
WOODSON: Winning the NBA title in Detroit with the Pistons [in 2004 as an assistant coach]. That’s one of my most memorable moments.

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An ideal fit for the swarming system of Chicago Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau, Jimmy Butler has become one of the NBA's elite perimeter defenders. With Marco Belinelli's departure in free agency, Thibodeau has indicated that Butler will step into the starting shooting guard role.

ThePostGame: You earned a reputation as a defensive stopper last year. How did you come to embrace that role, and when did you embrace that role?
JIMMY BUTLER: That's what gets me on the court -- that's what keeps me on the court. We've got a lot of guys in our league that can score a lot of points. If you can slow them down, you give your team a chance to win.

TPG: What's it like playing for Tom Thibodeau in Chicago?
BUTLER: It's crazy. But you love it because he's a winner. I feel like everybody in our league is about winning -- why not play for that guy?

TPG: What was it like playing with Nate Robinson [who recently signed a two-year deal with the Denver Nuggets]? What is he like out there and in the locker room?
BUTLER: Crazy. You love Nate because he’s the high-energy guy no matter what. He’s going to joke around when it's not game-time, but when it's game-time, he’s bringing it to the fullest.

TPG: Looking forward to Derrick Rose's return next year?
BUTLER: You know it. That’s a question you don’t even have to ask me.

TPG: What has your most memorable moment as an athlete or fan been?
BUTLER: For me, man, it's getting drafted because that's when you know not that you've made it, but that you’ve made your dream come true. That’s when I knew I was an NBA player, when I heard David Stern call my name.

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When Jason Collins came out as the first openly gay active athlete in North American professional sports, Denver Nuggets forward Kenneth Faried was one of the leading supporters among his peers. LGBT rights advocacy is a very personal cause for Faried, whose mother is lesbian. Waudda Faried nearly married Kenneth’s father and did not come out to her son until he was about 9. A couple years later, Waudda began dating Manasin Copeland, and they have both been mothers to Kenneth ever since. This year, Faried became the first NBA player to join Athlete Ally, an organization that promotes acceptance of all sexual orientations.

On the court, “The Manimal” has earned a name for himself with tenacious hustle and rebounding. He may need to develop more skills this year for Denver, which lost Andre Iguodala to the Golden State Warriors. He'll also be playing for a new coach, Brian Shaw. ThePostGame chatted with Faried about his basketball career and advocacy.

ThePostGame: You’ve been an outspoken advocate in the past for LGBT rights. What is the motivating factor behind that?
KENNETH FARIED: I wanted to do it. It’s my mom -- my moms, I guess. They’re the motivation that drove me to do it. They didn’t tell me to do it. Actually they didn’t even want me to come out [in support], but I felt that I was comfortable enough in my own skin to come out and just help my mom.

TPG: Do you think the NBA and sports in general are becoming more accepting of that in locker rooms?
FARIED: I think with [Jason] Collins coming out, it’s going to be weird at first, but people are going to become more receptive and more respectful towards them.

TPG: A lot of turnover for the Nuggets this offseason. What are you looking forward to about next season?
FARIED: Just getting back to the gym and playing. I want to play, you know? I’ve got USA basketball coming up [minicamp was last week in Las Vegas], so I’m focused on that right now, and I just want to get out there and play again.

TPG: What’s your most memorable experience as an athlete or as a sports fan?
FARIED: My first NBA point.

TPG: Who was that against?
FARIED: It was against the Sacramento Kings.

TPG: Do you remember who you scored on?
FARIED: It was actually a pass from Rudy [Fernandez] – he threw it behind his back, and I just took the lob and dunked it. It made [SportsCenter’s] Top 10 – No. 1, actually.

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A fantasy basketball darling and breakout player for the up-tempo Houston Rockets last season, Chandler Parsons was an instrumental part of the recruiting team that brought Dwight Howard to the Lone Star State. With a starting lineup of him, Howard, James Harden, Jeremy Lin and Omer Asik, the Rockets now look like serious contenders in the loaded Western Conference.

ThePostGame: So what text did you send to convince Dwight Howard to come to Houston?
CHANDLER PARSONS: I think it was just a combination of everybody. The team we have right now is a very good team. I basically just told him that adding him, we could be a contender right away, and we're going to win a lot of games. It wasn’t really one thing that put him over the top, just making him more comfortable.

TPG: You were a breakout star last season all-around -- points, assists, rebounds, steals -- what are you looking to improve in your game this year.
PARSONS: Just build on that: Get a little stronger, develop a bit of a post game, be more of a facilitator, get [my teammates] easy looks, get them to the foul line, and just become more of a knockdown shooter.

TPG: What’s your most memorable moment as an athlete or as a fan of sports been so far?
PARSONS: I’ve played on all different levels. In high school, winning a state championship was special. No one [had] ever done that at my high school [Lake Howell High School in Winter Park, Fla.] -- I had my whole family there. It was cool. Being the first ever SEC Player of the Year at Florida was special to me, then just making the NBA that night of the draft was really special to me.

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It’s been a heck of a few months for new USC men’s basketball coach Andy Enfield. In March he was guiding 15th-seeded Florida Gulf Coast to the Sweet Sixteen of the NCAA Tournament. Just days later, he accepted the position at USC, moving his family from one beach city to another. Last week at the ESPYs, he answered questions about the move and seeing his old team, which won the award for Best Upset.

ThePostGame: I have to ask you the question up front: Is it the West Coast or East Coast that’s better?
ANDY ENFIELD: Well. I like 'em both. I left the beach in Fort Myers/Naples, and we have other beaches out here. I love warm weather, love the beaches, and my family absolutely loves Los Angeles, so we’re just happy to be here.

TPG: How has it been so far living in L.A. and getting to know the USC players?
ENFIELD: Well, USC has a great tradition. It’s an amazing school. It’s a top 25 academic institution with unbelievable athletic facilities, so whenever you have that type of school and the support and an athletic director like Pat Haden, there’s no excuse for us not to be great at basketball. We’re looking to build a program and go to the Final Four and compete for a national championship.

TPG: Some of your former team members from Florida Gulf Coast are here today [at the ESPYs]. Have you seen any of them yet?
ENFIELD: Oh, sure. We saw them today. My family saw them – it’s a nice reunion. It’s a little ironic that the Nokia Theater is only a mile from [the USC] campus, so it was a pretty easy commute to get here.

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Kelly Slater has been so successful as a pro surfer that he is practically synonymous with the sport for those who aren't hardcore followers. He's the youngest (20) and oldest (39) to win the Association of Surfing Professionals World Tour championship and has also crossed over to enjoy mainstream exposure such as appearing on Baywatch and jamming on stage with his friend Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam.

HBO's "Real Sports" takes a closer look at his life in the latest edition of the show that premieres 10 p.m. ET/PT Tuesday. Here is a snippet that also gives you a view what Slater sees under the waves:

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