Wisconsin native retains his crown in LG's U.S. National Texting Championship

Wisconsin native retains his crown in LG's U.S. National Texting Championship
As the Summer Olympic Games continue to rage on overseas in London, over on our side of the pond, LG held its annual U.S. National Texting Championship. Instead of making it a private gathering, LG decided to hold the event at the crossroads of the world in New York City’s very own Times Square. Just like before, 10 of the nation’s best texters went head-to-head against one another to win the coveted title – and of course, the winner nabbing a cool $50,000 in the process.

This year, the contestants used an LG Optimus Zip for the contest, which is nothing more than a low-end Android powered smartphone with a physical keyboard. Using the same format as previous events, contestants basically showed off their texting prowess in a variety of elimination events – including one where they are blindfolded and asked to text a phrase.

Wisconsin native retains his crown in LG's U.S. National Texting Championship
Wisconsin native retains his crown in LG's U.S. National Texting Championship
Wisconsin native retains his crown in LG's U.S. National Texting Championship
Wisconsin native retains his crown in LG's U.S. National Texting Championship


Considering that a title and $50,000 was on the line, every contestant made sure to give it their all, but in the end, it basically came down to the two finalists – last’s year’s winner in Austin Wierschke of Rhineland, Wisconsin and Kent Augustine of Jamaica, New York. Ultimately, it was none other than Austin Wierschke that retained his crown as being the nation’s best texter – according to LG’s contest.

Making it two in a row for the defending champion, it’ll interesting to see if the streak will continue for next year, but for now, he can rest knowing that the title is solely his. Don’t forget to check out the additional pictures from the event below and the video announcing the winner.




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14 Comments

1. mas11

Posts: 1034; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

They should have used a DROID 4 for this contest since it was rated the best physical keyboard phone.

2. CommentBoxEnforcer

Posts: 99; Member since: Feb 13, 2012

Use a Droid for a LG contest? Haha

3. cncrim

Posts: 1557; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

I don't think he saw the LG logo, hahaha

5. mas11

Posts: 1034; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

I saw the logo and I'm willing to bet that they could type faster on a DROID 4.

7. OpTiMuS_BlAcK

Posts: 418; Member since: May 04, 2012

Then that's not a challenge anymore. I'd like to see them use the LG DoublePlay. That will be more of a challenge :D

8. u-suck-more

Posts: 529; Member since: Aug 26, 2011

it was used last year lol

9. OpTiMuS_BlAcK

Posts: 418; Member since: May 04, 2012

Oh, great then. I didn't know.. xD Hmmm.. what phone next?

10. u-suck-more

Posts: 529; Member since: Aug 26, 2011

lol whatever LG phone that has a qwerty keypad LOL

11. OpTiMuS_BlAcK

Posts: 418; Member since: May 04, 2012

Doubleplay succesor hopefully xD

4. XPERIA-KNIGHT unregistered

Dude.....$50,000 is alot of money for a txting contest..... Man that money would be nice right about now.....

6. anGel_pLayer

Posts: 54; Member since: Jun 29, 2012

CMIIW, are you sonyftw2020?? or something like that...

12. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

Never thought being a loser and a winner at the same time is possible :P I would take that $50k and the hostess on a date

13. geearede

Posts: 7; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

the sad thing is that this contest came down to two dudes

14. dragonstkdgirl

Posts: 144; Member since: Apr 07, 2012

Forget QWERTY didn't the contest used to consist of the 10-key ABC texting? Would be entertaining to see everyone step back in time and still try to text fast

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