A 17-year-old boy from Wisconsin won the title of the fastest texter in America today (Wednesday) for the second time in a row. He picked up $50,000 in prize money, as he did last year, which he plans to put towards his college education.
Austin Wierschke of Rhinelander, Wisconsin (try texting that) attributed his victory to his “abnormally fast thumbs” and said it felt “incredible” to win the title again. He beat out 10 other contestants from around the U.S. in tests for speed, accuracy and dexterity on four different challenges. Those included “do you know text speak?,” in which they had to spell out popular text abbreviations; blind-folded texting; and “text blitz,” in which phrases flashed to the contestants, who had to copy them as best and as fast as they could.
Wierschke geared up for the competition by texting his friends nearly 500 times a day.