Steven Purugganan

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Steven Purugganan
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Born (1997-07-30) July 30, 1997 (age 16)
Schaumburg, IL
Nationality American
Ethnicity Filipino
Known for 2008, 2009, and 2010 Sport stacking world champion (Fastest Time) and former world record holder in five sport stacking events

Steven Purugganan (born July 30, 1997), American of Filipino ancestry from Bedford Corners, New York, is a Guinness World Record Holder and was a 3-time World Champion sport stacker.

Sport stacking career[edit]

Purugganan started sport stacking when his brother Andrew showed him and his brother Brian the 2006 world sport stacking championships on ESPN. He then told his mother to buy a set of speed stacks at Target. They started sport stacking and got better and better every day.

At the 2010 World Sport Stacking Championship held in Denver, Colorado, he successfully defended his world champion title. He is the only stacker to reset the cycle world record eight times (7.23 – 6.65 – 6.52 – 6.50 – 6.33 – 6.21 – 6.18 – 5.93) until the current world record which is set by him and tied by his fellow Team USA friend, Mason Langenderfer, which was 5.93 seconds in the premier Cycle event. He has also set 21 other world records in the other four events, another unmatched achievement. Then Purugganan teamed up with three Team USA teammates Luke Myers, Lawrence Maceren, and John Harden in the Timed 3–6–3 Relay turning in a record of 12.41 seconds. Back in 2009, he held the distinction of simultaneously holding all five world records in sport stacking —all three individual events (3–3–3, 3–6–3, and the Cycle), doubles, and the timed 3–6–3 team relay during the period 2008–2009. Steven Purugganan and his brother Andrew are the former world record holders in doubles.

His current world records as of the 2011 World Sport Stacking Championships in Texas, USA, are his 5.93 Cycle World record (also tied by Mason Langenderfer) and the Timed 3–6–3 Relay under the relay team "Winning" consisting Mason Langenderfer, Steven Purugganan, Chase Werfel and Luke Myers in a time of 14.44. This relay record is the fastest set in the new relay rules made on the month of March 2011. His former world record in doubles is with his brother Andrew set on 7.58 on 2009. His former world record in the 3–3–3 was his 1.80 when it was tied by Lawrence Maceren and later beaten in the 2010 WSSC. His former world record in the 3–6–3 was a 2.15. The cycle world record before the current 5.93 is a 6.21 stacked by Purugganan on the Stack of Champions during the 2008 Championships, although a 6.18 was stacked before the 5.93 but its fate was not known due to the yellow card displayed on it and was never fully reviewed by officials. And the former 3–6–3 relay world record held by Purugganan and the Team USA during the period of the tapping/hand-tag/old rules period was a 12.15 (consisting Lawrence Maceren, Zhewei Wu, Mason Langenderfer and Purugganan) which was beaten weeks back by Team Germany 12.09 which was also later removed due to the new relay rules during March 2011.

Steven Purugganan and his brothers Brian and Andrew have been in promotional events for sport stacking in the U.S., Brazil, Italy, Hong Kong, Philippines, and Singapore.

He currently attends Fox Lane High School in Bedford, New York and is on the school's cross country team, along with his brother Brian, coached by Christopher Dossena.

Media appearances[edit]

Purugganan has been featured in Extreme Makeover Home Edition in May 2011,[citation needed] The Guinness World Record Show in Rome, Italy,[citation needed] The Ellen DeGeneres Show in May 2010,[1] and National Geographic Channel's 'NATGEO Amazing' on September 10, 2010.[citation needed] He has also been involved with ESPN Magazine as a member of the 'Advice Squad', athletes who provide 'advice' to questions from readers or subscribers of the magazine, as part of the magazine's featured articles in 2010.[citation needed]

Purugganan was featured in a front-page article in The Wall Street Journal, a one-page article in Time magazine titled "Stacktacular" and one in ESPN The Magazine titled "How to Pile the Plastic".[citation needed] He was also involved in a promotional advertisement for version 3.5 of the Firefox web browser,[2] and a McDonald's commercial.[3]

Records times[edit]

Stack
Type
2008
World Championship Times
2009
World Championship Times
2010
World Championship Times
2011
World Championship Times
Personal
Records
3–3–3 1.86 seconds[4] 1.80 seconds[5] 1.81 seconds[5] 1.81 seconds[6] 1.570 seconds
3–6–3 2.34 seconds[7] 2.15 seconds[5] 2.19 seconds[5] 2.19 seconds[6] 1.894 seconds[8]
Cycle 6.21 seconds[9] 5.93 seconds[10] 6.11 seconds[5] 6.27 seconds[6] 5.145 seconds[11]
Overall 10.41 seconds 9.88 seconds 10.11 seconds 10.27 seconds 8.609 seconds

References[edit]

  1. ^ muraski2. "Steven on Ellen =D". YouTube. Retrieved 2011-12-03. 
  2. ^ "Mozilla Firefox Web Browser — Firefox Features". Mozilla.com. Retrieved 2011-12-03. 
  3. ^ filipinagirl101 (2008-07-02). "Steven Purugganan – McDonald's Commercial". YouTube. Retrieved 2011-12-03. 
  4. ^ [1][dead link]
  5. ^ a b c d e "WSSA Massachusetts Records". Thewssa.com. Retrieved 2011-12-03. 
  6. ^ a b c "WSSA New York Records". Thewssa.com. Retrieved 2011-12-03. 
  7. ^ WrldSprtStackingAssn. "Former 3–6–3 World Record ~2.34". YouTube. Retrieved 2011-12-03. 
  8. ^ dvpurugs (2013-05-22). "Sport Stacking 363 1.894!". YouTube. Retrieved 2013-05-22. 
  9. ^ [2][dead link]
  10. ^ poul93 (2009-02-27). "Steven Purugganan world record video! (high quality audio)". YouTube. Retrieved 2011-12-03. 
  11. ^ Istacka (2013-05-23). "Sport Stacking Cycle 5.145! #TheReturn". YouTube. Retrieved 2013-05-23. 

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