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David Reilly out-cup-stacks them all

Preston Utley/Vail DailyDavid Reilly, 5, of Edwards is the world champion cup stacker in his age division for the 3-6-3 stack and was third place for the cycle stack.
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EDWARDS ” David Reilly had one word to describe how it feels to be world champion.

“Happy,” David said.

On April 15, the Edwards 5-year-old won his age division for the 3-6-3 stack in the ESPN World Speed Stacking Championships. Speed stacking entails stacking cups into different configurations and then unstacking them into piles.



He had two words to describe how he felt the moment he won.

“Really happy,” he said.



David lets his hands do the talking. He knelt down at the living room table in his Edwards home and started stacking and unstacking with lightning-quick speed. Then he did it while standing on his skateboard.

David and his brother, Franklin, 8, picked up speed stacking at Edwards Elementary School, where it’s part of their physical education class and after-school program.

“They say that it helps the speed of your hands and it helps with hand-eye coordination,” Franklin said.



“And it helps with hand-eye coordination,” David said.

“I said that, David,” Franklin said.

The Reillys went to the championships at the Denver Coliseum last weekend to celebrate Franklin’s birthday.

They didn’t expect for their kids to win, especially when they saw some of the competition. Kids traveled there from across the country and the world.

“I know he liked this and he was pretty good, but once we got there I was like, ‘We’re a little outclassed here,'” said Dick Reilly, David and Franklin’s father. “But he did really well.”

David has only been stacking cups for five months, while many of his competitors had been doing it for years, Dick Reilly said.

David also won third place for the “cycle” competition, which consists of stacking and unstacking three different formations.

Dick Reilly said he’d never really heard of speed stacking until his kids picked it up at school.

“It’s all new to me,” he said.

But it’s a good activity that keeps his kids busy for a few minutes every day, he said.

“It’s not violent or anything, so it’s like, ‘Go ahead,'” he said.

The Reilly kids have the special cups that are required for speed stacking, and also a mat that times the stacking. David and Franklin also do a lot of other sports like soccer, baseball and skiing.

And does David want to defend his world-champion title next year?

“Yes, I do,” he said.

Staff Writer Edward Stoner can be reached at 748-2929 or estoner@vaildaily.com.


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