Teen Wins $50k at LG National Texting Championship

Each year the U.S. National Texting Championship, sponsored by LG, brings together some of the world’s fastest texters to compete in the ultimate battle of the thumbs. This year, the contestants ranged in age from 16 to 24.

Aside from having youth on their side, these young whipper snappers had to go through eight rounds of challenges before they could compete on stage in Times Square. These challenges included being able to text backward, text while being blindfolded, and translating text speak into normal speak.

On stage the competitors used a Straight Talk LG Optimus Zip to compete in the championship. Straight Talk is a prepaid carrier that runs on AT&T’s wireless network. And the LG Optimus Zip phone actually sports both a QWERTY and a touchscreen, which brings us to the elephant in the room. Why no touchscreen texting competition too? Aren’t QWERTY phones kind of on the way out?

In the end, 17-year-old Austin Wierschke took home the grand prize of $50,000.  And you might say that Austin is kind of like the Michael Phelps in the texting championship world.  That is because this young man actually won last years U.S. National Texting Championship.

You can check out the complete 6th Annual National Texting Championship on the LG Texter Facebook page.