He once had motor skill challenges. Now he’s the world’s fastest Rubik’s cube solver

Max Park, a 21-year-old with autism, has set a new world record for solving a 3x3x3 Rubik’s cube in just 3.13 seconds.

Background: As a preteen, Max Park struggled with fine motor skills, a symptom of his autism, and could not unscrew a water bottle.
* Max’s interest in the Rubik’s cube began at age 9 and his mother taught him how to solve it using YouTube tutorials.

Growth through speedcubing: Max’s involvement in speedcubing has provided a space for him to develop his social skills, with competitions teaching him how to communicate and mimic his peers.
* His first world record in the 3x3x3 cube event was at the World Championships in 2017.

Speedcubing community: There are more than 140,000 cubers registered from over 140 countries, and competitions are held every weekend across the globe.
* Over the years, the competition has attracted a younger demographic, with most registrants being 12 to 15 years old, and they are getting faster at solving the puzzles.

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