Max Park

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Max Park
Born (2001-11-28) 28 November 2001 (age 18)
NationalityAmerican
Known forRubik's Cube speedsolving

Max Park is an American Rubik's Cube speedsolver who formerly held the world record average of five 3x3x3 solves (by WCA traditions), 6.39 seconds, set on 23 April 2017 at OCSEF Open 2017.[1] Prior to this, the record had been held by Feliks Zemdegs of Australia, who had improved it 9 times over 7 years from 9.21 seconds on 30 January 2010 to 6.45 seconds.[2] Park is the only cuber other than Zemdegs to have set the record since 27 September 2009.[2]

Biography[edit]

Park holds the world records for single and average of five 4x4x4 solves: 18.42 seconds and 21.13 seconds, respectively, both set on 27 May 2018 at SacCubing IV 2018.[3]

Park holds the world records for single and average of five 5x5x5 solves: 36.06 seconds and 39.65 seconds, both set on 22 June 2019 at CubingUSA Western Championship 2019.[4] Prior to Park's first 5x5x5 record, the records for single and average of five 5x5x5 solves had been held by Feliks Zemdegs of Australia, who had improved the two records a combined 32 times.[5] Park is the only cuber other than Zemdegs to have set either 5x5x5 record since 11 August 2012.[5]

Park holds the world records for single and mean of three 6x6x6 solves: 1 minute, 13.82 seconds and 1 minute, 17.10 seconds, respectively, both set on 19 August 2018 at the WCA Asian Championship 2018.[6]

Park holds the world records for single and mean of three 7x7x7 solves: 1 minute, 40.89 seconds and 1 minute, 50.10 seconds, respectively, with his average record set on 12 July 2019 at the World Championship 2019.[7]

Park holds the world record for average of five 3x3x3 solves with one hand: 9.42 seconds, set on 16 September 2018 at Berkeley Summer 2018.[8] Park was the first person to achieve a sub-10 second one-handed average in competition, with an average of 9.99 seconds on 13 January 2018 at Thanks Four The Invite 2018. Park also holds the world record single for one-handed solving at 6.82 seconds set at Bay Area Speedcubin' 20 2019, breaking the longest standing cubing world record which was held by Feliks Zemdegs.[9]

At the World Championship 2017 in Paris, Park won 3x3x3 and 3x3x3 one-handed and placed 3rd in 5x5x5 and 6x6x6.[10]

At the World Championship 2019 in Melbourne, Park won 4x4x4, 5x5x5, 6x6x6, 7x7x7, and 3x3x3 One-Handed. Park finished 4th in the 3x3x3 final after winning the first three rounds.[11]

Park is the 2-time US National Champion in 3x3x3, 3-time champion in 4x4x4, 2-time champion in 5x5x5, 2018 champion in 6x6x6, 2018 champion in 7x7x7, and 2-time champion in 3x3x3 One-Handed.

Park is one of two cubers to have solved the 3x3x3 in less than 5 seconds in competition at least five times,[12] and one of the two cubers to have achieved at least five sub-6 second averages of five 3x3x3 solves in competition.[13]

Park is autistic, and has used cubing to develop his social and fine motor skills.[14]

Notable rankings[15][edit]

Event Type Time (min:sec) World Ranking
3x3x3 Single 4.40 5th
Average 5.83 2nd
4x4x4 Single 18.42 3rd
Average 21.13 1st
5x5x5 Single 36.06 1st
Average 39.65 1st
6x6x6 Single 1:13.82 1st
Average 1:17.10 1st
7x7x7 Single 1:40.89 1st
Average 1:50.10 1st
3x3x3
One-Handed
Single 6.82 1st
Average 9.42 1st

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