It's becoming increasingly more popular among school-aged children. It's now being taught in physical education classes and competitions are held worldwide. As our Barry Wygel tells us, one North Country boy has a particular knack for the sport of cup stacking and even travels across North America to showcase his talent.
POTSDAM, N.Y. -- This footage may look sped up, but it isn't. This is Tyler Hollis, 9, as he practices his cup stacking routines. Tyler was recently named to the national team and competed at the World Championships in Florida.
“Since I'm on Team USA now, I got invited to the world championships. It was pretty amazing, because it was my first world championships and my first time being on Team USA,” said Tyler Hollis, Potsdam resident.
Tyler placed in the top five in the world in two out of the three categories he competed in. Tyler is well known in the North Country community, even being featured in a local commercial when he was just five years old.
But being in the spotlight isn't what keeps Tyler coming back to competitions, he said the experience of the events is just as fun as winning them.
"The favorite part is meeting new kids at tournaments and beating my time,” said Tyler.
Cup stacking is a fun and easy activity to get involved with. All you really need is a set of cups. But if you want to spend a couple more dollars, you can purchase official cup sets in many local stores or on the internet. The cups have holes drilled in the bottom to make them easier to stack. Tyler said he has introduced his friends to the sport, and hopes more people will join.
"We do it in gym and they were so amazed, they got a set and always did it just like me,” said Tyler.
Tyler said he has no plans of stopping and hopes to continue traveling the country and the world competing.