Episode 28: Sport Stacking

On the surface, Sport Stacking seems simple. You make pyramids with cups and then take them down. Seems simple, but it has evolved into serious sport - it is part of the Junior Olympics. Why is it so exciting and popular? One word: speed.

In simple terms, it’s building formations with cups. For instance, there is a 3-3-3, which is 3 pyramidal stacks of three cups. That is one race. There is a 3-6-3 race, and The Cycle, which is 1 3-6-3, a 6-6 and then a 1-10-1. Easy to do, super hard to do fast. And by fast we mean doing the whole Cycle in 4-5 seconds. That’s crazy fast. Have a look at William Orrell setting a world record!

Kim talked to William who, as of this writing, is the 2nd ranked stacker in the world behind Chan Ken Ian from Malaysia. Oh, did we mention that this sport is worldwide? Yup, back in 2016 more than 600,000 people around the world stacked at the same time!

You can find out more from The World Sport Stacking Association

And while you’re there, read this great story about the integrity of these competitors: https://www.thewssa.com/news/2019-05-01/integrity/

William Orrell - taken from the Wiston Salem Journal

William Orrell - taken from the Wiston Salem Journal

William Polly and Hyeon Jong Choi from wssa.org

William Polly and Hyeon Jong Choi from wssa.org

Ted Ladue