Levi Edler can solve a Rubik’s Cube in less than ten seconds. His best time is 8.1 seconds – just a few seconds from the world record.
He first began cubing in May 2015 and practices every day.
“I can tell when Levi falls asleep for the night when the sound of the cube twisting has stopped,” says his mom, Molly Snyder.
Last weekend, the Golda Meir seventh grader competed at the Rubik’s Cube U.S. Nationals. He made it to the finals for the 2×2 competition.
For the most part, he was happy with his times. Levi solved the one-handed cube in under 20 seconds, although his best time is 15 seconds.
There were 600 people in the competition and only the top three in each category were recognized, all of whom were 2-10 years older than Levi.
He also learned a lot about competing and how all of the practice boils down to one chance, which can be both frustrating and heartbreaking. Throughout the competition, Levi kept a positive attitude.
“He had a great time and a great attitude and cubed with people from all over the world,” his mom said.
Have you ever wanted to solve a Rubik’s Cube? Levi has some advice for you.
“Don’t give up. It can be very frustrating at first but keep trying and eventually you’ll get it,” he said. “Watch YouTube video tutorials and look at the comments on the video before you watch it. There are some very vague and poorly done tutorials out there.”
Levi already has his sights set on next year’s competition. “I would like to take a few seconds off my times by U.S. Nationals 2017,” he said.
Photos & video courtesy: Royal Brevväxling and Molly Snyder.