Teen breaks record for blind-solving Rubik's cube
Sreeram Venkatarao does just that every day.
Venkatarao is a junior at Mason High School where he enjoys the science fair, mock trials and the Rubik's Cube Club.
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"When I started out blind-solving, I never thought I would have gotten this fast. I just wanted to try my best and not even think about it," Venkatarao said.
Two weeks ago, in Dixon, Illinois, he set a North American Record in the 3x3 Rubik's Cube Blindfolded -- Single Solve, with a time of 25.19 seconds.
His time placed him first in North America and seventh in the world.
Venkatarao also won the 3x3 Rubik's Cube Blindfolded -- Average, ranking first in North America and fourth in the world.
When talking about Venkatarao, Johnothon Sauer, chair of the math department and monitor of the Rubik's Cube Club, referred to him as a Mozart. But Sauer also said his talent isn't the only thing that makes him special.
"He also has a great deal of patience and a great deal of teaching ability. Because the club is not about, 'Let's go watch Sreeram perform,' it's about Sreeram and a couple of the other guys who know how to do the cube, teaching the kids who come by, how to do it," Sauer said.
"Another, I guess you could say, skill that the cube has taught me is to try new things. Because there are a lot of different ways to solve cubes, it's not just one specific way of doing it. Keep an open mind as to what way you want to approach it," Venkatarao said.
His next competition is in Michigan on Feb. 27, where he hopes to move up in world rankings.