Stacked: Olmstead collects five medals at National Sport Stacking ChampionshipsEast Ridge High School sophomore Randy Olmstead competed in the 2012 National Sport Stacking Championships in Colorado Springs, CO, on March 24-25, bringing home five medals in the 15-18 year old age group.
By: Patrick Johnson, Sports Editor, Woodbury Bulletin
East Ridge High School sophomore Randy Olmstead competed in the 2012 National Sport Stacking Championships in Colorado Springs, CO, on March 24-25, bringing home five medals in the 15-18 year old age group.
Sport Stacking (also known as cup stacking or speed stacking) is an individual and team sport. The goal is to stack specialized plastic cups in specific sequences in as little time as possible. The sport, which has generated a large YouTube community, started as an activity at a southern California boys and girls club in the early 1990’s, according to the World Sport Stacking Association – the governing body of sport stacking.
Nearly 350 stackers from 23 states participated in the recent WSSA Colorado Open national tournament.
There are seven events for each age division with medals awarded to the finalists. To qualify for the finals one must place in the top 10 during the preliminary rounds. The events include 3-3-3, 3-6-3, cycle, doubles cycle, Head-to-Head 3-6-3 relay, Head-to-Head cycle relay and the Timed 3-6-3 relay.
Olmstead earned a personnel-best second place with his relay team and a third-place doubles finish. His relay team members were Denver’s Justin Allenback, New York’s Daniel Klein, and doubles partner Alexander Jee from New Orleans. In his singles events Olmstead didn’t have his best times, but still managed to place fourth, fifth and sixth.