Friday, June 26, 2009

The Sport of Stacking Plastic

I've never heard of this sport until . . .

Steven Purugganan is the boy in this McDonald commercial. This 11-year old Filipino-American is currently the two-time Sport Stacking World champion. At the 2009 World Sport Stacking Championship held in Denver, Colorado, he successfully defended his world champion title and broke three world records. He now holds all five world records in sport stacking -- all three individual events (3-3-3, 3-6-3, and the Cycle), doubles, and the timed 3-6-3 team relay.

Sport stacking (also known as cup stacking or speed stacking) is an individual and team activity played using plastic cups. The activity was turned into a sport at southern California boys and girls club and received national attention in 1990 on The Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson.

Steven Purugganan from Longmeadow, Massachusetts has been in the national media spotlight lately with a front-page article in The Wall Street Journal, a one-page article in Time magazine titled "Stacktacular" and one in ESPN The Magazine titled "How to Pile the Plastic."
Bring it on, Pinoy!

Click here for the Wall Street Journal article.

Click here for the Time magazine article.

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