Petoskey's Central Elementary second-grader Ean Greer has an unusual talent — he can stack cups lightning fast.
Sometimes, he can even do it blindfolded.
After being introduced to the sport of cup stacking just two months ago by his physical education teacher, Jennifer Wood, the 8-year-old is only 4.95 seconds away from the world record for the cycle.
The cycle is when the cup stacker puts together a three-stack, six-stack, three-stack and takes each down, then puts together two six-stacks and takes those down, and finally puts two cups to the side and makes a 10-stack and takes that down.
The current overall world record for this event is 5.93 seconds and is held by 12-year-old Steven Purugganan from the United States. In Eans age group for 8-year-olds, the world record is 7.71 seconds which was posted by Emma Slabach from the United States.
Eans fastest time so far is 10.88 seconds.
People think its really cool, he said. I just have fun and see if I can beat my record.
According to Eans mother, Jenny Greer, first-grader teacher at Central Elementary, her son has been obsessed with cup stacking since spring break.
Hes so motivated about it, she said. He gets up in the morning and he starts cup stacking immediately ... he likes things to be structured — hes a little OCD.
The second-grader confesses to practicing hours at a time to perfect his craft.
I practice about two or three hours on school days, and on the weekends I can do it about three or four hours, he said. This summer, Ill probably do it a little bit all day ... when Im in third-grade Ill probably do (the cycle) in 8 seconds.
Ean recently wowed his fellow classmates and teachers May 7 during a school talent show when he performed cup stacking blindfolded.
I think my jaw hit the ground when he did it because he could do it so quickly, he was really fun to watch, said Tim Tippett, Eans second-grade teacher. At the talent show, when he put the blindfold on, the audience gasped ... I dont think people expected him to do it blindfolded.
Everybody almost screamed, Ean said. They think Im super good.
Jenny said, if her son continues to excel in cup stacking, she would like to take him to a World Sport Stacking competition next April.
I dont know if I could beat one of the records, Ean said. Im hoping to get a good place like third or fifth.
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