Yes, that is a pair of feet solving a Rubik’s cube.
Welcome to the 2013 Rubik’s Cube World Championship.
The three day event was held in Las Vegas’ Riviera Hotel & Casino and saw more than 575 competitors from 37 countries make to trip to prove their speedcubing skills.
Feliks Zemdegs of Australia eventually came top to the tree, solving the 3×3 Rubik’s Cube in 8.18 seconds. As well as taking home the satisfaction of knowing he is the best speedcuber on the planet, Zemdegs also won $3,000 in prize money, a shiny championship trophy and other Rubik’s Cube-related goodies.
Germany’s Sebastian Weyer came third whilst second place Mats Velk from the Netherlands will sleep a little easier at night knowing he remains the world record holder for the fastest solve (5.55 seconds).
Not content with ruling over the 3×3 challenge, Zemdegs also triumphed in the 4×4 and, frankly, was just showing off when he also came top in the one handed 3×3 Rubik’s Cube tournament.
The United States led the weekend’s overall medal count by earning 14 total medals, including six gold, four silver and four bronze. Australia and Poland followed close behind the U.S. in the medal count.
As Zemdegs’ range of medals shows, the tournament is comprised of several different challenges, listed below.
- 2×2 Rubik’s Cube
- 3×3 Rubik’s Cube
- 4×4 Rubik’s Cube
- 5×5 Rubik’s Cube
- One-handed 3×3 Rubik’s Cube
- Blindfolded 3×3 Rubik’s Cube
- 3×3 Rubik’s Cube (fewest moves)
- 3×3 Rubik’s Cube with feet
- Rubik’s Clock
- 4×4 Rubik’s Cube blindfolded
- 5×5 Rubik’s Cube blindfolded
- 3×3 Rubik’s Cube multiple blindfolded
And as impressive as Zemdegs’ achievements are, Poland’s Jakub Kipa deserves a mention as the medal-winning feet at the top of this page are indeed his.