|Known for||Rubik's Cube Speedsolving|
Max Park is an American Rubik's Cube speedsolver of Korean descent who formerly held the world record average of five 3x3x3 solves (by WCA traditions), 6.39 seconds, set on 23 April 2017 at OCSEF Open 2017. Prior to this, the record had been held by Feliks Zemdegs of Australia, who had improved it 9 times over 7 years from 9.21 seconds on 30 January 2010 to 6.45 seconds. Park is the only cuber other than Feliks Zemdegs to have set the record since 27 September 2009. He has also set multiple world records in solving the 4x4x4, 5x5x5, 6x6x6, and 7x7x7 cubes, and 3x3x3 one-handed. He has won 297 events across many Rubik's cube competitions.
When he was two years old, he was diagnosed with moderate to severe autism and doctors told his parents that he would likely require assistance for the rest of his life. As Max struggled with social and fine motor skills, speedcubing has helped him develop them.
When Park was 10 years old, he started going to Rubik's cube competitions regularly. According to his parents, Park began cubing because of his autism rather than just a hobby. It wasn't long before he really began to excel in cubing; at his second competition, he had came in first place in the 6x6x6 event.
Park holds the world record for average of five 4x4x4 solves: 21.11 seconds, set at Bay Area Speedcubin' 21 2019. He used to hold the world record for a single solve of 18.42, before German speedcuber Sebastian Weyer took it in September 2019.
Park holds the world records for single and average of five 5x5x5 solves: 34.94 seconds and 39.65 seconds, set at Houston Winter 2020 and CubingUSA Western Championship 2019 respectively. Prior to Park's first 5x5x5 record, the records for single and average of five 5x5x5 solves had been held by Feliks Zemdegs of Australia, who had improved the two records a combined 32 times. Park is the only cuber other than Zemdegs to have set either 5x5x5 record since 11 August 2012.
Park holds the world record for average of five 3x3x3 solves with one hand: 9.42 seconds, set on 16 September 2018 at Berkeley Summer 2018. Park was the first person to achieve a sub-10 second one-handed average in competition, with an average of 9.99 seconds on 13 January 2018 at Thanks Four The Invite 2018. Park also holds the world record single for one-handed solving at 6.82 seconds set at Bay Area Speedcubin' 20 2019, breaking the longest standing cubing world record which was held by Feliks Zemdegs.
Park is the 2-time US National Champion in 3x3x3, 3-time champion in 4x4x4, 2-time champion in 5x5x5, 2018 champion in 6x6x6, 2018 champion in 7x7x7, and 2-time champion in 3x3x3 One-Handed.
Park is one of two cubers to have solved the 3x3x3 in less than 5 seconds in competition at least five times, and one of the two cubers to have achieved at least five sub-6 second averages of five 3x3x3 solves in competition.
In 2020, Max appeared in the Netflix documentary The Speed Cubers.
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- World Cube Association - 3x3x3 Records
- World Cube Association - 3x3x3 History
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- World Cube Association - 4x4x4 Records
- World Cube Association - 5x5x5 Records
- World Cube Association - 5x5x5 History
- World Cube Association - 6x6x6 Records
- World Cube Association - 7x7x7 Records
- World Cube Association - 3x3x3 One-Handed Records
- World Cube Association - 3x3x3 One-Handed History
- World Cube Association - World Championship 2017 podiums
- World Cube Association - Max Park at World Championship 2019
- World Cube Association - 3x3x3 Most Sub-X Solves
- World Cube Association - 3x3x3 Average Results
- World Cube Association - Max Park rankings