Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Mount Tabor/Career Center Senior Sets New World Record in Sport Stacking

William Orrell, a Mount Tabor senior who takes classes at the Career Center, has broken his own world record in sport stacking.

In sport stacking – also known as cup stacking or speed stacking – Orrell held the world record of 5 seconds in a sequence called the Cycle, which uses 12 cups to create a series of stacks. That put him on Page 69 of Guinness World Records 2016

On Jan. 7, he set a new world record of 4.813 seconds.

You can see him in action on YouTube. 

Welcome back. Even after you’ve seen it, it’s hard to absorb the fact that his hands can move that fast, isn’t it?

In the note his father, Bill, sent letting us know about the new world record, he wrote: “On October 14, 1947, Chuck Yeager broke the sound barrier in the X-1 at Mach 1.07 at an altitude of 45,000 feet.  But many thought it physically impossible to run a mile in under 4 minutes.  Then, on May 6, 1954, Roger Bannister ran through the 4 minute barrier for the first time.  

Many thought a Sport Stacking Cycle under 5 seconds was physically impossible.  On January 7, 2017, William Orrell stacked through that barrier with a new Guinness World Record time of 4.813 seconds.”

Orrell is such a big deal in the world of sport stacking that a company that makes sport cups approached him about putting out the “William Orrell Signature Model.” After trying out different designs and offering his feedback, they came up with a design that he feels good about having his name on, and, in October, stackers will be able to use his signature cups.

His stacking skill has brought lots of media attention. Orrell has been interviewed from Brazil. His relay team is being considered for the television show America’s Got Talent. He has appeared on ESPN several times, once as the No. 1 Play of the Week. He was on an MTV show about sport stacking.

Not that Orrell goes around telling people about all this. For a story about the 5-second record, his father, Bill, said that, if he didn’t tell people about his son’s accomplishments, few people would know about them.

“He is very humble,” Bill Orrell said.

“I think he is a sweet boy,” said his mother, Pam. “He’s got a good heart.”

“He is very spiritually oriented,” Bill Orrell said. “It all comes from his heart.”

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