Wis. boy, 17, is the fastest texter in America

Wis. boy, 17, is the fastest texter in America

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Austin Wierschke competes blindfolded in an elimination round during the 6th Annual LG US National Texting Championship August 8, 2012 in New York's Times Square. A 16-year-old boy retained his title as America's fastest texter Wednesday in a duel of the thumbs staged before yelling fans on New York's Times Square. Weirschke took home $50,000 prize money for the second time in two years when he bested 10 other texting demons in feats of thumb speed, memory and fluency in texting shorthand. One round was performed with the remaining contestants blindfolded and having 45 seconds to type the verse: "Twinkle, twinkle, little star, how I wonder what you are, up above the world so high, like a diamond in the sky." The event, sponsored by LG Electronics and using the company's cell phones, took place on a traffic island in Times Square. AFP PHOTO/Stan HONDA (Photo credit should read STAN HONDA/AFP/GettyImages)

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Posted on August 8, 2012 at 8:34 PM

Updated Wednesday, Aug 8 at 11:51 PM

   NEW YORK (AP) -- The reigning 17-year-old champion of cellphone texting has retained the title of fastest texter in America.

   Austin Wierschke of Rhinelander, Wis., won after eight rounds at the texting competition Wednesday in New York's Times Square. He gets $50,000 in prize money, which he says he'll put away for college.

   Eleven contestants from around the U.S. competed, all using the same type of phone. The competition tested three skills: speed, accuracy and dexterity.

   There were three rounds, including texting while blind-folded and texting with hands behind their backs.

   The third round is called "text blitz." Phrases were shown to the contestants for a length of time and they copied them as fast as they could.

   The annual competition is sponsored by cellphone-maker LG Electronics.

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