It was bound to happen eventually. Harris Chan was finally defeated on Canadian soil. Eric Limeback became the first Canadian to beat Harris in an official competition and took first place in the 3x3x3 event at the canadianCUBING Classic 2009, in Kitchener, Ontario.
The two were very close in the first two rounds, with a difference of .01 of a second at the end of the first round. Harris finally looked human, having an off day by his standards. It created an opportunity, coupled with an outstanding final by Eric Limeback, for history to be made.
I'd like to take this chance to recognize the achievements of both competitors. We have come to almost take for granted that Harris will win because of his unbelievable consistency over the years. But not everyone can be perfect all the time, and it just goes to show that anything can happen at a competition. And to Eric for showing he is the real deal, for sticking to it and continually striving to be better each competition. It finally paid off, and deserved the win.
I, for one, do not look at it like we have a new champion, nor do I look at it like it only happened because Harris had an off day. Rather, I look at it like we now have two bonafide superstars of cubing here in Canada that creates a chance for either one to be the best for a competition. Add to the mix a number of other cubers who, with every passing competition, inch closer and closer to sub 12 levels, and we have an exciting time for cubing here in Canada.
Many thanks to all the cubers and volunteers that pitched in to help make the day run well. We were pretty much on time at the end of the day. Thanks to the Children's Museum for allowing us to use their facilities for the competition. It seemed to work well, even in spite of the distractions that come with that sort of venue. We hope to have another competition there again some time.