Fort Saskatchewan siblings Gavin (14) and Nina Olson (9) speed their way through puzzle competitions.
 
Gavin began Rubik’s Cubing in 2012, with Nina following three years later. Both compete regularly in competitions. Their last speed cubing competition was held in Sherwood Park in January.
 
“I was doing better than expected. I got a 31 second average and my brother go this first official sub 10 on the 3x3 in that competition,” said Nina.
 
On average, Gavin solves a 3x3 cube in 12 seconds, but has a record time of 7.54 seconds. He can solve a 2x2 cube in about four seconds.
 
Nina averages the 3x3 cube in 21 seconds and completes a 2x2 cube in about 10 seconds.
 
“There is a bit of a trick. When most pick up a Rubik’s Cube and try to solve it, they make the mistake of trying to solve it side by side but that’s actually really hard to do,” said Gavin. “I start by making a cross on the base of the cube. I fill in the first two layers all around that cross and then I do an algorithm to get all the white stickers on top and then do an algorithm to move them around the top face to make sure they’re all correct.”
 
The Rubik’s Cube was invented in 1977, with a competition held in 1981, the event started gaining traction again in the 2000s.
 
Right now, there are 456 competitors registered from 15 countries and 23 Canadians.
 
Competitions are held all over the world and Gavin will compete in Salt Lake City this coming July.
 
He also has a YouTube channel, with tutorials for those looking for more information on the unique venture.
 

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